Change. The foundation for opportunity. Do you fear it or embrace it? I’m not talking metaphorically. I mean right now, how do you react to change?
For a moment, imagine life without change. Pretty boring, don’t you think? Every day – same old, same old. Of course, change can be perceived by many as scary, threatening. As humans we tend to be creatures of habit. We may choose to stay with that same boring routine because it’s what we know.
Except, change is good. Good for your health, society, the economy and your soul. And, it just so happens, it’s essential. Essential in ourselves, in our writing, our fictional characters and their worlds.
No one is above the need for change. Take a look at one of our favorites here at the blog: When Odin thrust Thor out of Asgard, sending him crashing down to Earth, our Norse god was forced to face change in a very hard and raw way. He knew nothing but the way of a powerful god and warrior. He was now nothing more than human. He had to open up to new ideas and possibilities. He learned to work with the people around him in coping with his new station. He had to become flexible. But he also learned. And the knowledge and understanding he gained educated him in a way he wasn’t open to before – as a stubborn headed god.
It was through the important aspects of change that Thor was able to redeem himself and reclaim his hammer, Mjölnir. How did Thor do this? He was flexible to his new situation (eventually), learned from it and, in the end, gained perspective and found a new set of priorities. All this due to change. Without it, no Thor, no hammer. That would be no good.
How else do we benefit from change? When Dr. David Banner subjected himself to a failed gamma radiation experiment, the results were, let’s say, less than desirable for the researcher. His increased adenine-thymine level, mixed with the accidental overdose of gamma ray gave us the “other” guy. That’s some serious change right there, and one Banner feared immensely. He tried to lock it down. Keep it caged up and suppressed. But change can be a learning process. And Banner would learn, as seen at the end of The Avengers, it’s sometimes necessary to expand one’s comfort zone and embrace the new in order to build your self-confidence and acquire the necessary skills and abilities for the task ahead.
Once Dr. David Banner accepted all of what he was, green guy and all, only then could he build upon his strengths and become the champion his team needed him to be. Change made that all possible.
The Hulk’s acceptance of self
But you know, one of my all time favorite changes is the one I watched John Crichton go through on Farscape. John was just an astronaut looking to test fly his space module when he suddenly got sucked into a wormhole and spit out in some far away distant part of the universe right into the middle of a space dispute. The sudden appearance of his ship causes the destruction of a fighter and the death of its pilot. He ends up on a large living ship (as in she is alive) piloted by a handful of escaped convicts that the fighters are trying to recapture. John Crichton is now wanted for the death of their captain.
Crichton has a HUGE change to adapt to. But it’s one filled with immense opportunities. He has endless cultures, agricultures, education, religions, trade and business systems at his disposal to now explore. New bonds of friendship and love to develop. And what started in chaos and confusion becomes home. Even when Earth is within his grasp, he chooses his new family. Crichton utilized all avenues to a positive outcome from change. Hurtling in from Earth a mere mortal, he:
- Educated himself as efficiently and quickly as possible to become a productive member of the crew, as well as better situate himself to reach his goals.
- He focused on his priorities at each stage of the game. As his relationships developed and grew, so did his priorities morph and change.
- He built upon his strengths. In his case that would be his scientific knowledge and fun earth banter no one else understood.
- He gained perspective as he came to understand the escaped prisoner’s plight and the mission of the Peacekeepers (military force looking to recapture them).
- He built his self-confidence as he gained ground in all the other areas, establishing a comfort zone as a prime member and decision maker among their small crew.
- And he always remained flexible. I mean, you have to when you get shot out of a wormhole into another part of the galaxy and start spending your time with beings that look nothing like you, right?
All these things helped him successfully adapt. If asked up front if he’d like to take such a journey, my guess is he’d have declined. But he would have missed out on the greatest adventure of his life-as well as the love of his life. So, whether you fear change or not, look for the opportunity within and embrace it.
So many things about John Crichton
Maybe you want to seek out your own change? Lisa Hall-Wilson recently wrote a wonderful post about the fear of change. Check it out. And Molly Thompson Pendlebury reminded us of a post she wrote a while back. Hope you have time to stop in for that as well. .
Rule change. Don’t let it rule you. Stand a little taller for it. Be a little prouder. And march out and make a difference, no matter how big or how small. It all matters. 😀
Do you welcome change in your life? How do you adapt and have you actively sought out change to mix the pot?
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