Change? Most of us resist moving away from the familiar circumstances of our lives. Even if the situation is uncomfortable or dangerous, the familiar often has a choke-hold on the progress that could come from change. How about you? Need some change in your life? My colleague, Malissa Lakin-Watson, writing for the September 7, 2016 edition of East Atlanta Patch, shares a challenging personal experience and how prayer gave her the courage to move forward. Here’s Malissa:
Making a major life change can sometimes feel scary and stressful. But there may be many times in life when changing course is necessary because we have outgrown a job, a relationship, a home; or, something else has prompted a shift.
In this short YouTube video, Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski explains that when challenging, stressful times come along, they can be periods of great growth. He shares an analogy regarding, of all things, lobsters. He explains that as they grow, the rigid shell does not expand with their growing bodies. So, as the pressure builds up within the shell this signals that the now confining container must be discarded. The lobster then goes under a rock to shed the old shell where it can protect itself from predatory fish until a new shell is formed. It’s a very normal process for lobsters and they go through it several times in their lives.
I guess in a way, we are not so different from the lobster, except I don’t think a lobster is afraid of losing it’s limiting, confining shell. We, on the other hand, tend to stay in uncomfortable situations that don’t feel right a bit too long because of fear….