Saturday, December 29, 2007

Change

Evening Walk in the Rain

All but Death, can be Adjusted -
Dynasties repaired -
Systems - settled in their Sockets -
Citadels - dissolved -

Wastes of Lives -resown with Colors
By Succeeding Springs -
Death - unto itself - Exception -
Is exempt from Change -
- Emily Dickinson

I took the above picture on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City on December 21, 2004. The picture would be vastly different if I were to try to capture the scene today. Deconstruction looms everywhere. Buildings that once seemed so solid and permanent have been gone for months. I think that Dickinson gets it wright when she says All but death can be adjusted, and I'm not so sure about that either. Change is the constant in life. Nothing stays the same. Perhaps our biggest challenge is to adapt and accept the changes that come our way. Hopefully the changes that we face are good, but if they aren't there's something to be said for making the best of a difficult situation. The end of a year provides us with a moment to look back and assess where we've been and what we've accomplished. It's also a time to look forward, to see where we might like to be in the future. I don't know that I'm a fan of New Year's resolutions, but the end of the year does provide one with a good clean epoch from which observations, both backward and forward, can be made. It seems to me that if all things are indeed adjustable, and change is consistent rather than an exception. Then perhaps it is time to figure out how I'll change with the word which will change with, or without, me.

1 comment:

laurel maurice said...

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