Katharine Hepburn once said, "Life is hard. After all, it kills
You." And it can kill you early if you don't figure out how to
Change. Let me explain.
The expression "turning over a new leaf" refers to turning pages of
A book. Just as the plot of a novel changes from page to page,
People, too, can change their lives. Indeed they have to if they are
To live well.
I enjoy reading about ancient cultures. And it occurs to me that
Most of the old civilizations are gone. Some have left little behind
Except ruins and rubble. What happened? Where are the people, their
Music and ideas? Why are they nothing more today than a collection
Of stones visited by tourists and curious historians?
The answer, of course, is not the same the world over. But Arnold
Toynbee, in his work THE STUDY OF HISTORY (1987), says that the
Great lesson of history is this: civilizations that changed when
Confronted with challenges thrived. Those that did not change died.
In other words, when life got hard, it killed off those who didn't
Make needed changes. The key to survival is often about "change."
And what about us? What about you and me? It's good to accept
Ourselves as we are, but when an unhealthy attitude or a destructive
Behavior gets in the way, when we wish we could change something
About ourselves, we had better change. People who embrace change
Thrive; those who resist it die.
If you have been waiting for a sign to make that needed change, this
May be it. I am convinced that it is never too late to be the person
You might have been. It's never too late to be happy. It's never too
Late to do something different or to do something better. It's never
Too late to change a habit. It's never too late to live.
Begin making that necessary change today. Then tomorrow, and every
Tomorrow thereafter, can truly be different.