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change: the essence of life

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vanierBirth, adolescence, and old age are all passages that are filled with anguish. Finally there is the ultimate corruption and disorder that death brings. Throughout our lives there is the disorder created by sickness, accidents, loss of work, loss of friends – all the crises that destroy our agendas, security, and carefully laid plans.  …

“Change of one sort or another is the essence of life, so there will always be the loneliness and insecurity that comes with change. When we refuse to accept that loneliness and insecurity as part of life, when we refuse to accept that they are the price of change, we close the door on many possibilities for ourselves; our lives become lessened, we are less than fully human.”

source: Vanier, J. (1998). Becoming human (CBC Massey Lectures). Toronto: Anansi, p. 12. Jean Vanier, son of Canada’s former governor-general Georges Vanier, is the founder of L’Arche, an international network of communities for people with intellectual disabilities.


4 responses »

  1. Change is one of the only constants in life. Why is it that we always stand pacing at the edge rather than embracing it?

  2. I’ve been thinking alot about the constantly changing nature of life, and the ebb and flow that we must accept. The impermanence of everything around us. This theme of change has been showing up in my dreams as well. For the past two nights, I’ve had vivid dreams of being peacefully underwater, somehow able to breathe and live comfortably in that ungrounded state. In one, I swam with a group of sea lions. In another, I navigated my way through an underwater city, at one point wondering how I could eat a sandwich without my mouth filling with water. I’m listening for the teachings in these dreams, and the comfort that can be found when you accept the fluidity of life.


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