be kaleidoscopic 8/26 (audio 2:08)

Ceiling of Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz, Iran

This is the eighth installment of “Be Ready for the Wonderful: Words of Well-Being to Ease Your Way Through Change.”

Be Kaleidoscopic

If you’ve ever peered through a kaleidoscope, you know the beauty and delight produced through constantly changing patterns. The tiniest shifts this way or that bring forth an unending parade of color and light.

You, too, contain an untold repertoire of facets, and slight shifts in one direction or another can evoke surprising results. What if you altered your perspective just enough to reveal a heretofore hidden aspect of yourself? What if you turned your gaze ever so slightly and stumbled upon a new or rediscovered talent, skill, or inclination?

At times, the desire for change feels enormous, as though only a radical reorganization of every part of life will suffice. You want to reduce everything to ashes and start all over again.

Rather than destroy the very fabric of your life, choose to be like a kaleidoscope. Begin with what you know and love, and explore what lies just beside, beyond, or above. You may find that a simple tweaking or minor adjustment can create a world of change.

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