A couple of weeks ago I ‘tweeted’: “Nobody really likes Change, but we must invite it in for a cup of tea once in a while, so we can find out what it’s up to”. Now, I’ve got a pretty poor memory, but it went along those lines.
Sometime later, in a moment of whimsical mental wandering, I began to think what I really meant by this, if I meant anything at all. Turned out I did mean something.
Change is a powerful thing, it can be a bit of a bully. I don’t particularly like it, because I’m happy in my own little world, with things the way they are. But it’s there, always, changing things.
So it has been my attitude, increasingly over recent years, to invite Change in for a cup of tea. I don’t drink tea, but Change does, and it’s a guest at my house so I play the good host.
Now, living with Change can be a little annoying. For one, it most definitely will not leave, has it’s own room in my house, a place where it can keep warm. It interupts me when I’m pretending to be Peter Green on my guitar, or while I’m watching Dr Who; sometimes, even when I’m out with Wyf2b for a meal, it just sort of appears out of knowhere, nagging me.
But what do you expect me to do? What if I were to turn around one day and kick it out? Would I advise others to think about Change, and say “NO, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MUST YOU LET CHANGE INTO YOUR HOUSE!”
Fact is, if you don’t let Change in…wait, scrap that…Fact is, you have no choice but to let Change in. Yes you can ignore it’s calls, but it will come tapping at your window. You can shut your curtains, but it will come banging at your door. There’s nobody you can call to come and remove it, when it starts throwing bricks at your window. And when it smashes down your door; crashes through your house! What’s it going to find?
It’s going to find a cowering, whimpering figure, huddled in a corner, cold and scared, fear in it’s eyes. It’s going to find you!
So, yes, Change lives with me. It’s always there, somewhere. We don’t always get on. It interupts peaceful moments. But over time, we’ve built up a mutual respect and understanding of one another. I wouldn’t dream of kicking it out, I actually want it to stay. I’d much rather make it a cup of tea!