What would taking stock mean? And of what? Possessions, character traits, relationships? Yes. For whatever reason, (although I’m undoubtedly the introspective type anyway) it is a valuable state of mind to enter into, often. One reason being that we are not static, but instead dynamic entities and our behaviors and environments reflect our changes. Another reason, (more nuanced and less easy to accept) is that change is ubiquitous and in our best interest to welcome as a life staple.
From a strictly personal standpoint, I prefer consistency. It makes me feel safe. But when I expect consistency, rather than staying open to whatever the world offers, I become confused, disappointed, and uncertain. This is one of my biggest areas of growth;, stay open, expect little (a killer!) and know that you can handle what comes up (another killer)! It comes down to how we view change – if it’s frightening and unfamiliar and we hear ourselves saying, “uh oh” – we are viewing change as something unwanted. (That’s me, sometimes.) If we view change as fun, interesting (as in, what’s going to happen next?) and with curiosity – then we are open, accepting, and ready.
There’s probably an element of (illusional and delusional) control in here also. As though we have it. I suppose it’s fair to say we possess some control over our reactions to internal and external circumstances, but I’m not sure about how much control any of us have, generally speaking. I also think the younger you are, the less likely it is that this will strike you as true. It’s a bitter pill, until you’ve swallowed it, then it can be liberating – but that’s another post entirely.
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