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Change Artist in Action

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Artist is one of the nicest words in the English Language and it conjures up images of paint and painters, canvas and sketch books, musicians and keyboards, and tons of creative juices and talents

Change is one of the nastiest words in the English Language because it conjures up images of having to accomplish something and giving up what feels just right.  Most folks don’t even carry coins as pocket change any more.  We would rather our politicians’ deal with change and take all the flack and misery associated with it.

When older women say, “I am going through the CHANGE.”  We all know that is about a hellish experience full of heat and woe.  It is the brunt of jokes about mother-in-laws and main stay of situation comedies on TV.

J. D. at Sources of Insight was encouraging readers to find their own taglines for their life and living, and he came up with  CHANGE ARTIST IN ACTION for me.

He is not the first to give me the change artist theme; I have described myself as just that kind of person on my resume for years and years.  I think it describes me very aptly.

I love the risk taking and the adrenalin rush of just even thinking about change.

I love the vibrant colors that accompany imagined outcomes.  I love the hues and subtle nuances of the elements of change.   Change gives me energy and purpose.

I think many people would rather stick with what they know – even if it is hurting them or even maybe killing them or those around them.  They would need to take responsibility  –  response +ability.  It is easier to blame and to make excuses or deny and ignore.

The first step to any change is to get perfectly clear and grounded in just the place one is at right at this very moment.  GET REAL

The second step is to LET GO.   About 1/3 of our life is about acquiring and no less that 2/3rds of our life is the process of letting go – releasing.

The third step is MAPPING.   One needs to explore and understand just where one is headed and how to live fully on the path or roadway.  Mapping implies ACTION

If one keeps doing what one has always done there is no change, unless the world keeps changing and forces an even more painful change upon the stagnant situation.

The more one practices change the less difficult it becomes until one day it just flows.  The change just flows onto the canvas of life and the journey progresses.

Making many changes is the only pathway to healing my body and my spirit.  When I realized that change was my super highway then I made up my mind to be skilled – an artisan.

I am a Change Artist in Action.

How do you approach change?  Do you like to hold on or love the challenge of letting go?  Do you seek change or just let it find you?   What is your art form – how are you an artist?

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21 Responses to “Change Artist in Action”

  1. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    I actually like change. I view it as a positive word. And I LOVE your tagline!
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Not Just Shaquille O’Neal’s Mom =-.

  2. Patricia Says:

    vered,
    I like the tagline too….think I need to get it up and running on this site. Change makes me feel progressive
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Good News =-.

  3. Tony Single Says:

    Hmmm… change? Not so much. Stillness? Kinda like that more.

    Still, I can see the need to adapt and survive so that you don’t merely survive (if that makes sense). I’ve had to do it a lot, especially in my relationships (which are often quite fluid changeable things).

    Very challenging, Patricia, but I suspect that you wouldn’t have it any other way. :)

  4. Chris Edgar Says:

    Hi Patricia — recently, I was thinking about this — I realize that I’ve kicked and screamed my way through change from a very early age. But in the end, it’s happened, and continues to happen, and I’m taking more and more of a hand in the process.

  5. Patricia Says:

    Tony,
    For awhile, I thought if I got everything all set life would stay on an even keel, but it never did. Then I thought I would embrace change as a way of life and life got better and better – stopped resisting and am now adding more flow to the process and not driving it…It feels good and just right
    Appreciate your good comments.

  6. Patricia Says:

    Chris,
    If I see change as always happening….like with flowers…. then I like to pick certain ones I wish to make myself.
    All my neighbors have been fighting with our cold weather this year…5th of July and an afternoon of sunshine finally….but what can we do about it? Well, I suppose build a greenhouse for the garden??? This year I am just putting my energy elsewhere and not fighting with the weather and layer the clothing….a compromise but it feels very good…not pushing, not fuming…working on being…

  7. Joyce at What Would You Do In Heaven? Says:

    The tagline is really energetic! Maybe because change almost certainly requires some kind of action for it to take effect. The artist part is cool, because it levels up the change. We change not just for the sake of changing, but in a certain way, a passionate loving way. Go ahead, Patricia! Be that artist, and may our lives be the masterpiece of that art of change. 😉

  8. Davina Says:

    Patricia,
    this is one of my favourite posts of yours. Fantastic work! And props to JD for coming up with that tagline.

    For me personally, it depends on the change. I’m a funny character. I like to be spontaneous generally, however, when I’m not in the mood and change sneaks up on me it sure makes life interesting :) And don’t even get me started on talking about “the change”.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..13 Signs Your Ego is Driving Your Blog =-.

  9. Talon Says:

    Change Artist In Action – I like that a lot! Very appropriate, Patricia. A really neat tagline!

    Change is exciting to me. I’ve never thought of it as a negative thing though it can, at times, be challenging. I enjoy watching the changes in nature and seeing how necessary they are and that’s helped me to accept that we’re changing all the time – whether it’s our bodies or our focus or our energy or our attention or our wants and desires – and some of the changes we instigate and some we have to adapt to, but it makes life interesting.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Red- White- and Blue =-.

  10. Patricia Says:

    Joyce,
    JD at Sources of Insight is very energetic and compact with words…I do like change but not just for change in an of itself…The action needs to fit the needs and values

  11. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    Yep I don’t even want to think about THE CHANGE! but everyone knows what that means….and the assumption is nasty…

    Glad you out and about the internet tonight…thank you for you kind words about the post.

  12. Patricia Says:

    Talon,
    Change makes life very interesting. Although it can be very challenging I think it is necessary…just as we have learned that sometime we need forest fires or floods to keep growing…so I don’t always relish the moment of pain that can accompany such transitions, there is too the feeling of excitement and energy within it also.
    Thank you for stopping by –loved your flower red, white and blue post

  13. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! Wonderful post – gets all of us thinking about how we think/handle/resist change. Maybe I’m weird, but I have always welcomed change (well, mostly) because it is a sign that I’m alive! My Native American grandfather taught me so much about nature – always changing nature – when I was very young and I think it served me well for the next five decades. I may not always LIKE it, mind you, but it is inevitable, so I long ago stopped protesting. I enjoy each day for what it is. Sure the really super duper days I wish could last, but the next day brings with it newness, new challenges or new opportunities so it’s all good! Clinging to the status quo seems very contrary to life itself and when you really think about it, it’s impossible.

    Lovely post, Patricia!
    Hugs
    suZen

  14. Lisa@Practically Intuitive Says:

    Hi Patricia …

    Great post! I am most happy with change when *I* initiate it. LOL Isn’t that the way with a lot of people?

    Actually, I like change in general because it brings fresh energy to something that may have grown stagnant. And while I don’t like it foisted upon me, I can be most thankful for it because change sometimes forces me to move when I am content just sitting in the road. :-)

    Love the tagline! It’s so YOU!

    Happy Tuesday.
    .-= Lisa@Practically Intuitive´s last blog ..How my mom taught me to be a diplomat =-.

  15. Patricia Says:

    Suzen,
    thank you for your nice words, the post just rather wrote itself, so I figured I was on to something. I believe too that when we resist change lots of problems happen and usually the change will happen regardless of how we respond.

    Lisa,
    Happy Tuesday to you to and Yes I do too like change best when i initiate it and get it going. I have to be careful because I often see wonderful changes that could make a job easier and I tell folks before they are ready…and some times I am just too excited about how I think the change will be so positive – rather off putting to folks

  16. Jannie Funster Says:

    I seem very quick to change, letting things go suddenly, and am always happier for my soul leading the way in this. Whatever I let go is the right thing to do. Soul knows.

    In many things we must be wary of change just for the sake of it. I say when things ain’t broke, let them be. :)

    xo

  17. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    I do not think most of us make change until the point of pain in the person or situation is too great to endure anymore. I am a person who likes to avoid that point of pain and make my move sooner….

    Yep if something is not broken let it be, let it be….say that might make a catchy tune :)

  18. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I too like change .. but can only take so much – especially at the moment .. so some things I like to stay as are & then I can progress and bring those things along as and when I’m ready.

    Being prepared to adapt and be flexible is something I’ve always advocated .. and I’ve dealt with a lot of change in the last three years+ particularly .. and lots more to come .. so I like to keep somethings as is … as otherwise I’m overwhelmed and brain dead .. so the “No” word comes up occasionally.

    Generally I think change is a good thing .. but change for change’s sake .. that’s unnecessary and there’s a lot of that ..

    So that’s great – Mrs Change Artist in Action .. good to hear it .. just so good to ‘feel’ through your words that life is improving somewhat ..

    Look after yourself .. and happy days ahead .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Hotspur- the Duchess and The Poison Garden =-.

  19. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    Thank you for dropping by, I keep reading how busy you are these days and I think moving?

    Sometimes change is overwhelming for sure and certain – often when it just sneaks right upon you and there was not a plan in place….that kind of change is often just too painful.

    Yes, I am feeling better and better – long way to go, but I am liking all the changes I am making right now

    Good words

  20. Cath Lawson Says:

    Hi Patricia – That is an excellent tagline. I do like change. Sometimes I fear it – especially when I’ve got to do something new but a lot of the time, I wind up really loving the thing I feared.
    .-= Cath Lawson´s last blog ..4 Stupid Bucket List Mistakes To Avoid =-.

  21. Patricia Says:

    Cath,
    I do like change. I think that the fear thing is like a fog horn giving you warning that you need to figure out all the angles and make your plan of action accordingly…it is really a good early warning system to assist in making good change happen