Change is Good…Right?

I am a creature of habit. I like routines, for things to stay the same (if they are good things). Anxiety is tricky and sometimes makes you think that if something is changing, it must be bad. But it doesn’t have to be.

At my current job, I don’t have co-workers. There is my boss and me. A lot of people have asked me if I get lonely or bored, and I find myself replying that I don’t. I remembered working at previous jobs and there being people I didn’t like. (I was a less-than-happy person with high anxiety. There was always something I didn’t like.)

There is now another doctor coming in to share our space. He is bringing an Office Manager/IT guy (?) and a receptionist. Suddenly, my space is not just my space anymore. I immediately wondered if the new girl would be nice. (I don’t even know if it’s a girl?!)

A few months ago, my boss thought of moving us to another office. I inwardly panicked, hating everything about the plan. It was further away from my house and I would be on someone else’s turf.

When my boss told me about this revised plan, I was surprisingly calm. I think it really came down to turf. I would have to reduce the space I use, the equipment I use and the schedule may be a little crazy, but at least it’s in my comfort zone.

I want to change my attitude so I don’t freak out so much about things changing. I think of summer, my favorite season, and the beach I love so much. Without change, we would never come around again to summer. Every autumn that creeps closer to winter, I dread the cold and snow. But it’s all for only a season before the flowers blossom and birds sing.

And before you know it, the waves are crashing on the shore and there is sand everywhere. If I didn’t have to endure the winters I hate, the summers wouldn’t feel so spectacular.

Because change is good…right?


14 thoughts on “Change is Good…Right?

  1. Mysti says:

    CHANGE is not good — It’s GREAT!

  2. Yes Jen, change can be difficult; however, I know that you will be brave and face your future! Sending hugs!!!! Carolyn Holcomb

  3. Jessica says:

    Change can lead to exciting adventures in your life, be they big or small. I think learning to embrace this inevitability is essential to a rich existence. 🙂

    • Jen says:

      Jessica, that’s a great point. “I think learning to embrace this inevitability is essential to a rich existence.” I love that!

  4. Shawna says:

    Wow, sharing space can be awesome or horrible depending on personalities. I can’t wait to hear about how it all goes down. : )

  5. Shawna says:

    I absolutely love your Poe quote at the top of your blog.

  6. talleygilly says:

    Jen – What a great topic. I also like change as much as I like a bad hair day, but I’ve finally learned that it truly is the only thing you can count on in life, and especially in the working world (as an example, I’ve been at my current company for 4 years and already had 6 different managers and will probably have more to come). I agree with Jessica that if we can move toward the change, with hope and excitement (rather than dread, which is what I often feel!), we can see the opportunities that may open up. It’s kind of like what my grandfather taught me about the ocean–you have to go right through the wave, and face that fear, instead of waiting for it to pummel you! -A

    • Jen says:

      Alexandra, you are so right – the only consistent thing is change. I’ve tried to have a good attitude about the changes, and so far things have gone smoothly. *knocks-on-wood*

  7. GangstaFish says:

    Your words are insightful, indeed. I’m not keen on change myself, I always think if it’s gone so righteously before, it can’t possibly be good to alter it now, but usually when I entertain these notations, it’s always better than I expect it. It’s when I’m anticipating GOOD from something when it’s not what it’s cracked up to be. Funny. c(-:

    • Jen says:

      Thank you so much for reading, and for your input as well. You bring up a good point … sometimes expecting something to be good can come crashing down on our heads! But I agree that most of the time, it ends up better than I expected. They say it’s all about attitude, but believe me, I still have to work on my own.

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