Catra Corbett

Embrace the New

“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.”

– Alan Cohen, Author and Life Coach

Ultrarunner Catra Corbett brought this quote to my attention, and it resonates. Here’s my take. We sometimes cling to familiar places, relationships, jobs and habits, not because they are what’s good for us, but because we are afraid or hesitant to see what else is out there or possible for us. We slide into our day to day existence, and get comfortable with it. Most of us are not looking for change – and are not ready for change.

But change happens. Change is the natural way of things. Resisting change is pointless. But it doesn’t mean that we are powerless. We can influence the course of the change. We have the ability to move change in the direction of things that matter to us – towards things that make us happy.

Accepting change does not mean that we are releasing any responsibility for the directions it takes us. We are constantly steering our way down the road of life, and have the ability to choose to turn down one road or another.

What we cannot change is change itself. Change will happen. How and where we steer our way through the change is very much up to each of us. So let’s enjoy where we are today, but look forward to the changes tomorrow will bring.