No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man.
Change is an inseparable part of our lives. It is often said that apart from change, everything else is subjected to change. However for some of us, it becomes tough to accept the reality that our lives keep on changing. To make it worse, we even fail to realise that the lives of the people around us changes too. We expect our loved ones to behave the same way, day after day.
After the birth of a child, the life of a mother changes. In this juncture, the husband has to realise that the life of his spouse has changed forever and he should not expect her to behave the same way as she used to previously.
Changes in life need not be a sudden one too. Ageing is a slow process that makes us change gradually. After a decade or so, we would have changed a lot, often unnoticed by us.
Acceptance of change, in others, and us paves the way for a peaceful existence at home and work. This realization makes us even compassionate and sympathetic to others. It could be tough, at times, to accept the fact that people and things have changed around you. Nonetheless, it is totally worthwhile to try changing your thinking patterns and ensure that you accept change in yourself and others as a part of this existential journey.
Every fortnight or so, try sitting down quietly for a while and jot down the changes which have happened to you over the previous days. Pen down the changes that have happened to your loved ones too. Analyse how these changes have made you and your loved ones think and act differently. Regular practice of this exercise enables one to accept changes easily.
Regular meditation also enables a person to accept change easily. Meditation is about the awareness of the present moment. Routine meditation takes a person to the depths of calmness, silence and composure, which spill over to his non-meditating hours too. A calm and composed person, in turn, finds it effortless to accept the changes in his life and in others.