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The Only Constant Is Change

January 26, 2016
By BETSY BETHEL - OV Parent Editor ( , OVParent

The only constant is change.

Just when you get comfortable with your new normal, something happens to shake it up. It can be as simple as the layout of your grocery store (ahem, Kroger in Martins Ferry ...). It can be as major as a loved one dying unexpectedly or your job being eliminated.

As a parent, we are faced every day with the constant transformation of our children. At first, it's exciting. We look forward to their development of words, the first time they roll over, their first solid food, their first step. Change not only is inevitable, it is celebrated.

Some people continue to enjoy change, while others treat it as something to be feared. For most of my life, I have been a lover of change. I love to learn (you can't learn new things without it changing you). I love to travel, and I look forward to new experiences. But the older I get, or more appropriately, the older my daughter gets, the more I seem to wish the changes would stop, or at least slow down! Emma will be 10 in March. How did that happen? I sometimes feel fearful of what the next 10 years will bring. There is such a fine line between fear and excitement.

It is now 2016. What changes will the year bring in your life? I encourage us all to embrace changes - the ones we plan and the ones we don't -?as opportunities to grow in knowledge, faith and most of all, love.



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