"Change is hard ... change is usually a big effort. For this Friday Five, please answer these five questions about change."1) Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and seen yourself with surprise? Why?
Sure! My eyes still think I'm 18 and thin. Or maybe 35 and still walking with great confidence as if I expect someday to be "in control" of my little bit of the world. Occasionally, though, my eyes "normalize" and show me what is actually reflected back from that mirror. And ya know what? I'm surprised to see my mother looking at me. Or sometimes an old woman who seems vaguely familiar. Very strange optics at my house.2) Have you ever witnessed a change in routine at church that upset people? (Hahahahaha!!!! I know you have!)
3) Have you ever been surprised or inconvenienced by a change in a public setting (not church)?
4) Has the passage of time changed your understanding of something you used to think you knew for sure?
The more I've learned, the more I realize how little I know.5) Is there something you're trying to change, or want to change, in your life right now?
My latest word for this is Ubuntu, which in the Xhosa culture means: "I am because we are." So I'll end with an Ubuntu story:
If you want to know more about Ubuntu, read this Wikipedia article, which also has a video of Nelson Mandela explaining the concept.