I dislike change, it can be way too disruptive and I tend to avoid it as much as I can. I like my routines and keeping everything the same. However, if everything stayed the same how would we ever learn new things?
The other morning, disaster struck! My sons’ X-Box 360 decided it wouldn’t connect to YouTube anymore. So, there I was, all set to do my Yoga with Denise Austin, and I couldn’t do it! I have already dealt with my VHS breaking and having to find that same Yoga work-out on YouTube, but now! Oh, No! The problem was compounded by now knowing that the Tae Bo workout I usually do on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays also was no longer available. Didn’t the X-Box know how long it took me to find a Tae Bo I could do?? Well, at that point I was so despondent that I shut everything down and decided I was done for the day. My daughter tried to fix the problem last night, but this morning at 5 a.m. I discovered YouTube wasn’t working. Stupid X-Box!
So, I took care of the problem by using one of my Billy Blanks DVDs – that problem solved. But what about my beloved1990’s-era Yoga work-out? Well, for the first time I did Sun Salutation without Denise’s voice to follow. I usually do this with my eyes closed so I can just concentrate on her voice telling me when to breathe. But this morning I simply concentrated on listening to my own inner voice giving me instructions. Strange, but it worked. Luckily I had the foresight to write down all the Yoga postures in order, so tomorrow I will be able to attempt the standing and floor postures on my own. Will it work? I hope so. I am also stuck with a much more intense Tae Bo DVD, but hopefully I’ll eventually be able to follow along with that.
This got me thinking about how I react to change. Usually you have to drag me backwards by my hair, kicking, screaming and crying into a new and unknown future. I did cry a little this morning when I told my daughter about my continued problems, but there was no screaming or hysterics. I managed to downplay the drama (yay me!). I’m hoping that somehow we’ll be able to figure out the problem, but at this point I at least have a plan. This is of course, the most important thing about change. Call me anal, but I’m all about the planning. I can plan for change with the best of them. It’s the coming up with the plan by the seat of my pants that can throw me off. This is a funny thing, since I’m often all about flying by the seat of my pants – but that’s my idea, not something that’s been thrown at me. How well do you handle change?