All of us continue to live our lives as if nothing ever is going to change. Who are we fooling? Let’s face it. We abhor change. It pushes us out of our comfort zone and hey! Who likes it? Hence we are most often caught totally unawares & unprepared for it.
What could be the reason for this?
In my (not so divine) opinion our positive-change bias is one major cause. Simply put- when things change for the better we hardly notice. We take the good for granted, This dulls & lulls us.
However when suddenly a negative change happens we get all rustled. As if the positive change was well deserved but we surely don’t deserve a negative one. Fate has cheated us when it sent a negative change our way.
In short it is the ‘changes’ job to keep us happy and content. Always.
Come to think of it. it can be extrapolated that the very existence of God can be attributed to change.
Imagine a world where nothing changed at all; everything remained as it was. Forever. No old age, no illnesses, no bankruptcies, no famines, no floods, no earthquakes & not even death. Would we believe in a God then?
Another interesting fact (which probably will contradict everything I’ve said till now), if there is anything at all common to all religions, it is the belief that God is immutable. He will not grow old, His attributes will remain the same & nothing about Him will ever change. For eternity & beyond.
In other words God is the very anti-thesis of change
What an interesting paradox; There would be no belief in God if there were no change and yet that God himself shall never change.
I hope I have managed to tie you up in knots.
So is there a way out of our inertia. Can we still reconcile with change (better than be caught unawares) despite a deep seated aversion for it?
The most interesting way out is to proactively create change. Resist the status quo. Welcome change! Be happy to see a diversion in the usual road you take, both figuratively and literally. Take that different route to the office, eat at the ramshackle rundown place you always ignored, smile at that fella playing politics in your office, shave the other cheek first. In short do every small thing a little differently. Take that chance, believe that doubt, listen to that small voice and you’ll be surprised to see yourself feel more alive. And nothing will take you by surprise anymore.