Change is a Fact of Life

As we wrap up 2013 we would like to take this opportunity to thank our many friends who continue to support the mission of Garden State Woman. Thinking ahead to 2014, we look forward to a fresh, new year.  One of the important ideas that we will consider is the impact of change. When I think about  the impact of change, I look at the example set by my nine year old German Shepherd, Faith.  There is an expression that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. I am not sure that I agree with that. 

During this last year, Faith’s life changed dramatically. For eight years she had been top dog and totally in charge of our environment.  In February we adopted George. A young bull dog suddenly was moving into Faith’s space.

After considerable assurance from us that she was still indeed top dog, Faith agreed to accept this precocious male as part of our family. Now they are best buddies.

Change certainly became an integral fact of life for all of us. The only one who did not cave into change was George. He continued to call the shots and insisted that we meet his demands.

Since we are all mature, we accepted George’s demands. I can easily draw parallels to George and Faith in real life experiences. Often, due to circumstances that we did not create we have to adjust to change. This is often the case in our work as well as our family environments. 

Adapting to change is often an unsettling experience. A positive point of view and determination to make the best of the situation should provide some comfort. As we get ready for a new year, and probably face unplanned changes in our life, decide that you are in charge of change and will make it work for you. Happy New Year and all the best.

Judy Chapman

Judy Chapman founded Garden State Woman, Inc. in 1998 and the Garden State Woman Education Foundation 501(c)3 in 2007. In recognition of the need for women everywhere, including New Jersey, to take firmer control of their futures and their families’ futures - in a world that is still not equally balanced between the opportunities and rewards provided men and women - for equal efforts in many aspects of their personal and professional lives.

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