When We Must Change

There’s a scene in Under the Tuscan Sun in which the tour guide says, “Hey everybody, just an unscheduled stop.” I’ve seen the film many, and feel the phrase as life moves from season to season. It lives and breathes in my being. Change – the unplanned plan of life. Sometimes it happens on its own terms without meticulous planning. It is the here-I-come-whether-you-like-it-or-not-or-whether-you’re-ready-or-not attitude of the tides that come crashing on the shores of my life.  I slowly walk along, and am quickly thrown off balance, indeed, off course. Yet, I affirm that the change is not the end of me, but an opportunity for a new beginning.


Where I have purchased land in a foreign place?
Was it in my soul?
My heart, mind, body, being, employment, family, or friends?
Soil and ground.
Rooted and planted.

Movement and momentum. All of these thoughts course through me as I lean into the changes life demands I make. An unscheduled stop, everyone, so I begin to ask the questions to find my way.

Where is your rock and hard place?
Your pause?
Your wait?
Your get up and go?
Your press in and go hard?
Your stay-here-a–minute?

It is moving and grinding along the vein of life. It beckons to be heard. There is a reckoning that comes whether I’m ready or not, it comes. It will finds me off kilter. I don’t “feel” like “it” or anything. I struggle to find the will power to forge ahead because I got so comfortable in the sameness. What once was the safety zone is gone, and I find there can be no fear when life throws me the lemons. I must pivot. I must change.


I pause to consider how we all find ourselves in dry deserts longing for cool, refreshing water. We hear a river calling out to us, and it is refreshment to the soul. We find strength to embrace the shift. Stripped of all that was once a comfort, now we must fight for alone—yet not alone.  Don’t stop. Don’t give up. Though we are tired, there is rest for us who are weary from so much shifting and sifting. Soon we will summon strength to stay the course, finish the race, and fulfill our divinely made purpose.

Where is your unscheduled stop? Do you bravely move forward in a direction you had not previously planned on going, or do you desire to move backward? You have a choice. Cease believing and say you have no choice. Well it just isn’t true. We cannot worry over what we cannot control, but we sure can hold on to hope with tenacious faith. We can choose to see differently.

Everyday is a new opportunity. So what will we do with this stop, this shift, this movement that beckons us?  Will we plant a new life dream, a new seed of hope; or will we shrivel up and die from the grief and weight of such deep change? That’s no way to live. Choose life. Choose to live. Choose to take a chance. Choose to move forward. Choose to dream. Choose to make sunshine in the cloudy darkness. Choose to light a fire that can only come from within. You and I wish, desire, hope, and long for it. Now is the time. You and I were made for such a time as this. No more crippling tears. Let’s get moving and affirm again that change is not the end of us, but an opportunity for a new beginning.


This is day 29 of my 31 Days of Affirmation. In this series I’ll affirm hope, faith, truth, and encouragement even when life is troubling. Particularly the series ponders what it means to hold on to those things that are good, right, noble, honorable, true, and lovely even when life isn’t so pretty. You can read all the series posts here. I hope you’ll be encouraged.

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