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All about change

Nature teaches that change is a constant.

I thought a mighty oak I named the "Castle Tree" would last beyond my death, but a storm sent it crashing to the ground last year.  In nature you learn fast that the only reliable constant is change.

I thought a mighty oak I named the “Castle Tree” would last beyond my death, but a storm sent it crashing to the ground last year. In nature you learn fast that the only reliable constant is change.

I am back, and confined indoors due to rain.  A months worth of rain fell in 24 hours yesterday, it has been nonstop rain for over a day, and it continues.  Even my outdoor cat Pebbles, who rarely comes inside, sits on the inside of the cat flap, depressed and curled up into a ball.  I cannot remember a day like this, that has rained nonstop all day.  The garden plants love it, you can near hear them drinking up the water from heaven; the snails and slugs also enjoy this new changing climate in Britain.

I have been here for nearly a cycle of a year, and it has been amazing to watch the changes of nature in my garden through an entire cycle.  Before my eyes I see the land falling slowly into a sleep, the darkness closes in, the temperatures are falling.  It seems winters in Colchester attracts rain rather than snow, but the temperatures are mostly above zero Celsius.  The birds (apart from pigeons, magpies and corvids) all have abandoned my garden in favour of the autumn harvest in the countryside.  I have not seen Amber our garden fox in weeks, neither by day or night.  In nature you learn fast that nothing is permanent, everything changes.

You are what you think and do

Anything you read, watch or experience you become.

Carrying your little brother

Think of your brain as like a child you carry on your back, what you think and do your brain becomes.

Apart from some pre-determined input from your DNA you come into this world with a mind that is a near empty bucket.  By default this bucket is filled with your experiences from within the womb since you will be aware of inputs such as sound and motion before even you are born.

Unfortunately before the age of 18 you have a diminishing percentage of control the younger you are over the hand you are dealt with of your inputs from your environment.  You become whatever those inputs are, so if you were badly treated as a child the chances are if this pattern is allowed to continue, you will be treating your own children badly as an adult.

From the age of 18 you are the master of your own destiny.  No longer can you place at the door of those around you the responsibility for what you will become in the future from the age you turn 18.  You are responsible for changing the patterns in your brain, of trading the hand you were dealt with for better cards.

You are this moment the sum of all the experiences of your life, these are like a pair of hands that have shaped the clay of your mind into certain patterns via how your brain cells have been linked up.  These brain cells are like clay, they can be changed into anything you please, though the deeper the pattern the longer and the harder it shall be to mould a new pattern.  Nothing is fixed in your brain, all is flexible to change, though age is a factor in how fast the changes shall be if you change a pattern.

People who are lazy, stupid and needy hand their brains to others to mould for them.  Everything you do and think become the hands that mould your brain cells into new patterns into what you will become in the future.  If you decide to allow yourself to be brainwashed by television or other toxic inputs then you have yourself to blame for the person you will become as a result of those inputs.

You are a clay master of your own brain, you can be anything you choose to be if you actively mould your brain in the right way.  The responsibility is down to you to think and do to become what you shall be in the future.

Change begins in the home and the community

Change is bottom up rather than from the ruler.

Everyone in Colchester ideally should be responsible stewards of this river as well as its plants and animals.

Everyone in Colchester ideally should be responsible stewards of this river as well as its plants and animals.

Too many people expect that change will come from the decision maker at the top over environmental issues, but as can be seen little progress has been made.  Most people are looking in the wrong direction for the change when it begins with self and the community.  The decision maker has a self-interest to maintain the status quo, but also are under the control of powerful and wealthy influences who have no interest in the welfare of you, your community or the environment.  Ironically if the decision maker wanted to make a difference in the environment they could only do so if you agreed to assist them, in fact they have limited ability to make changes, the change is with self and the community.

Each ruler, corporate or group exists because they are supported by individuals, if they had no support they would go extinct.  The individual stakeholder has great influence by withdrawing their support from those that harm people and nature, and giving support to those that are beneficial.

As an individual you can make dozens of immediate changes in your life and home that benefits the environment and your community.  You can buy local, recycle, provide food and nesting sites for animals in your garden.  You can eat healthy, eliminate the television, show a positive example of change to others in all you do and say.  There is so much as an individual you can do, multiplied by millions of people to create a tsunami of change, the sum of all the small changes in self, life and home.

As an individual you also have a direct influence over any environmental assets in your community, the rivers, forests and parks, plus all the animals and plants that inhabit them.  In your community you are a steward of all your local environmental assets.  Do you know where your environmental assets are? Have you visited them? Are they under threat? Can you enhance them as part of a group? Knowledge of your community environmental assets is vital, and working as a group to make sure no outsider does harm to your rivers, forests and parks is where you can make a significant difference.  It won’t be the ruler, it will be the communities who make the difference to the environment by looking after their own environmental assets just as they are doing in Namibia.

How to change the world

Changes to self acts as ripples of change to the world.

Change often starts within.

Change often starts within.

Throw a rock into a pool it creates ripples, eventually the pool grows still again.  Like the pool nature will move to a state of harmony if given the chance.

We all know that humanity and this planet suffer many challenges.  Many feel they need to change or improve the world.  Those people fail to realise that nature knows where the state of harmony is, and is attempting to get to that state of harmony, therefore one has no need to change or improve the world.

The problem with the desire to change the world is it becomes a form of control, attempting to force others to do something they have no desire to do.  One of the problems of humanity is control, everyone trying to control each other, self and nature, which ends in conflict where nobody but the strongest wins.  The problem with control is choice, liberty and creativity is taken away from those being controlled, and there is no opportunity to gain wisdom from mistakes.

I have spent too many years of my life trying to change or improve the world.  I won some battles, I lost others.  Worse, I became sometimes no better than those I fought against.  Often control made the situation worse.  I am reminded of the Greek legend of King Sisyphus who was condemned to roll a boulder up a steep hill only to see it roll down again, an activity he was condemned to repeat for all of eternity.  Trying to change or improve the world was my equivalent of King Sisyphus.

The answer is to be a ripple of change to the world by doing our own thing.  By changing ourselves, by living our dreams, setting an example, we emanate ripples of change into the world.  We transform the world by transforming ourselves.  Remember that stone that splashed into the pool? We are the stone, our activities in making ourselves happy, healthy and abundant becomes the ripples of change into the world.  We force nobody to do anything, since all our efforts are focused on ourselves, we show by example which others may copy.  People will follow our example since they see what we do works.

It is hard to let go, but let go we must.  Change is inside rippling outwards.

Coping with change

How I deal with change.

Cope with change by staying calm, adaptable and open to support.

Cope with change by staying calm, adaptable and open to support.

Last weekend I encountered a butterfly, and some readers commented how it was a symbol of change.  This butterfly also reminded me that this beautiful creation was a fragile and temporary life.  Life is always changing, often those changes can be unexpected and those things that we tend to take for granted can be lost to us.

Change did come to me this week, to my business.  Circumstances in three large business customers changed unexpectedly.  Though I had not lost any of those customers, they presented me with challenges and uncertainties that changed my relationship to them.  Change in life is rarely rainbows and happy smiles, more likely unexpected shocks, challenging and sometimes traumatic.

The first rule in dealing with change is to stay calm.  If you lose your head you are going to make mistakes and cause more problems for yourself.

The second rule is to adapt to the change.  No point fighting to oppose and control change. Better to flow with the change.

The third rule is call in support, a friend or ally to help you cope with the change.

Business can be like a chess game.  What I now have to do is up my game play to the next level.  I am hunting for additional customers, I am creatively improving and adapting my business processes to meet my new challenges.

Change is a fact of life, those that can handle change well are calm, adaptable and call in support as needed.

The nameless dread

It is natural for change to cause anxiety.

Walking the unknown road of change there is a growing nameless dread of what may exist around the corner.

Walking the unknown road of change there is a growing nameless dread of what may exist around the corner.

The rate of changes I have been making in my life and business has the unexpected challenge of creating a considerable amount of personal anxiety.  There is a dark formless dread hanging in the background of my mind, like a shadowy monster ready to devour me.

My commitment to one small daily sustainable action is contributing to a domino effect of change, both due to its effects, but also due to the amount of change I have to make to bring about one change.  Small it may be these changes, but there is research to be done, telephone calls to make, obstacles to overcome, false starts and sacrifices.  Not only am I making the sort of changes I blog about each day, but I am also thinking, reviewing and working towards other changes each day to keep my momentum going.

The ideal of one small sustainable action each day is good, but the actual manifestation of these changes is the challenge.  The human mind likes the security of the known, the secure and the routine.  Now I am in a chaotic period of multiple changes into the unknown.  Due to this change, insecurity and uncertainty a fog of anxiety has grown up. My “get off the fence” approach is cutting through obstacles, external and internal, but that feeds rather than diminishes the anxiety.  However, I am reaping good beneficial results from my changes.

Fortunately there are mind techniques for dealing with this nameless dread.  The human subconscious has no sense of reality, so creative visualisation can pay huge dividends.  I remember that for a long time my fear of heights was so bad that I had trouble going up even a flight of stairs on the outside of buildings; I visualised a big hand protecting me ready to catch me if I fell; I thus overcame my fear sufficiently to climb such stairs without being reduced to a jelly.  A similar approach I shall use against the nameless dread, the form of the visualisation remains to be decided.


Sustainability action 6 : use Ecosia search engine.

We can support the environment by using our power as voters, consumers and supporters to deal with those people, groups, organisations, products and services that contribute to a sustainable planet.  Amongst the many search engines is Ecosia, whose unique selling point is that it will contribute 80% of income to save the Amazon rainforest.  The income comes from users clicking the advertisements on Ecosia, or buying products from advertisers displaying an “EcoLink” sign.

Ecosia is not as efficient in search results as Google, so is a bad tool to use for research projects, but for general searches for regular sites like “WordPress” or “Twitter” it is good to use.  Nobody is perfect, criticism is levelled at Ecosia for the contributions of income it pays to Bing and Yahoo for access to their search tools; they are criticised for their dependency upon third-party search servers which undermines their claims of a neutral or negative carbon footprint per search. To date Ecosia has contributed £913,612 to the Amazon rainforest, which at least makes them a search engine worth supporting as users.

My sustainability action today is to use Ecosia for general searches instead of Google from now on.