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Is change always good

Is change always good

Is change always good? Just lately I have been thinking about change. Some of the people close to me have been going through big changes and it has got me thinking about what makes me happy, how I can feel more content in life and looking at what I have to change to make this happen. I have been through some big changes in the last few years. I have moved town twice, retrained and changed my job and moved in with my partner. Things have changed a great deal, and mostly for the better. Yet still there are things that could be better, and I would like to make this happen. We have an odd relationship with change, it can be scary. We are told that change is a good thing, that we should strive to change ourselves, our lives and our circumstances if we are not happy with them. But is this always a good idea? Is change good or bad? Is change always a good thing? If you are unhappy with something should you just change it. What about changes that are forced on you such as losing a job or a partner? What would you call a ‘good’ change, is it one you initiated yourself or that turned out well? How about bad changes, are they the ones that were forced on you or ones that did not improve our life? There are different types of change. Some traumatic changes we have no control over such as the death of a loved one or losing your job. More trivial changes like a change in the...
How to be a Wise Woman

How to be a Wise Woman

What is a Wise Woman and why I want to be one? When I started to write about being in my 50s, I couldn’t find a word that I liked to describe the age I was at. The ones I did find were not very inspiring: Middle aged (often used as an insult for being dull and boring) Mid-life (associated with ‘crisis’) Mature (what, like a cheddar?) Menopausal or even worse Post-Menopausal (yuk, far too clinical) Crone (too old and warty) Which is when I decided on ‘wise woman’. I don’t really want to be any of the above, do I quite like being a wise woman.  Then as started to look at what a wise woman was I found that there were a number of images that came to mind. A healer or midwife A shaman or medicine woman A fairy Godmother An elder stateswoman or leader A witch or crone They all represent an older woman who has a certain amount of skill and power, so I knew I was onto a winning name. So now, I want to reclaim the title wise woman for all women who are at or past menopause. How you can become a wise woman If you look up the word wisdom it means ‘someone who has experience, knowledge and good judgement.’ But I would also include the following as traits of the wise: Being authentic and trusting your intuition Learning from your mistakes Being independent and resourceful Open to learning new things Is non-judgemental as they are aware that they are not perfect Wanting to work for the common good rather...