Understanding Change – Finding Comfort in the Void

“The only constant in life is change.” ~ Heraclitus

We have all experienced change in our lives. Sometimes it has been welcome, sometimes not.

Either way, change happens.

Understanding that change is a normal, inevitable part of life, will allow us to be proactive in guiding life transitions towards outcomes that serve us.

When we accept change, we have power and peace. When we resist change, it leads to stress, worry, and fear. Resisting change, does not stop it or make it go away.

Cycles of Life  

Whether it’s nature, our bodies, or our lives, everything goes through 4 natural cycles.

1️⃣ Creation/New Beginnings – This is a time when creativity and action are high. We are implementing plans with confidence, and there is excitement about where we are going.

    ~In nature, plants are sprouting up and developing new buds, flowers, and leaves.

2️⃣ Sustain – This is a positive time when we enjoy what we have created. We are fully in the moment. There may be setbacks, but they are handled, and all is status quo and well.

    ~Plants and trees have fully emerged, still slowly growing, but mostly just existing in their fullest expression.

3️⃣ Destroy – All things must come to an end. Sometimes we see this as good, sometimes it is heartbreaking. Chapters close, jobs end, friends move on, and we let go of patterns that did not serve us.

This may be a time of resistance, fear, victimhood, and a lack of hope. There is uncertainty about where things are going.

This is not a time of failure – we must let go in order to create space for new and brighter things to appear.

    ~Leaves turn brown and fall off, flowers fade away. Branches are left bare, space now available for new buds in the spring.

4️⃣ The Void (The space between) – This period of quiet, inactivity, and stillness can be the scariest and most confusing. Creativity and motivation seem to be gone and there is an emptiness where something once stood. We don’t know what to do with that space and may feel lost and purposeless. Despite these feelings, much is happening.

    ~Trees and plants stand bare, dormant, and still.

  Finding Comfort in the Void  

Reminding ourselves that this time is normal and needed can be so helpful. Nothing is wrong, nothing is broken. Comfort can be found in knowing that so much is brewing in the background.

Everything comes from nothing and from nothing you can create anything. 

In the quiet, we can reconnect with ourselves, explore our desires, and redefine our priorities. We may discover the beauty of solitude and emerge as newer versions of ourselves.

We ponder choices and envision various futures. The void is a fertile ground for transformation.

Embrace this time, use it, and flow with it. It may not be the most fun and exciting time, but remember, your spring is right around the corner.

Dr Jennifer Edwards - blog

Jennifer Edwards is a veterinarian and transformational coach. Her conviction is that everyone can live a peaceful, happy, and joyful life. They just may need help learning how. She understands the emotional and leadership challenges of life in veterinary medicine. With insight, compassion, and being a stand for what’s possible, she helps veterinarians and teams rediscover joy and happiness in their life and career.