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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

CHANGE


SHORT STORY

I was a neurotic for many years. I was anxious, depressed and selfish. Everyone kept telling me to change.

I resented them, and I agreed with them. I wanted to change, but simply could not, no matter how hard I tried.

What hurt the most was that--like the others--my best friend kept insisting that I change. So I felt powerless and trapped.

Then one day my best friend said to me, "Don't change. I love you just as you are."

The words were music to my ears:  "Don't change. Don't change. Don't change. I love you as you are.

I relaxed. I came alive. And suddenly...I changed!

Now I realize that I could not really change until I found someone who would love me whether I changed or not.

(Is this how You love me, God?)


Story: "Don't Change" from SONG OF THE BIRD by Anthony De Mello   p 67

16 comments:

steveroni said...

Ah! The winds of change still blow...

Kelly said...

this is a good, touching story. thanks for sharing it!!

linda said...

this is a beautifully meaningful post, steve...thank you for sharing this with us, your readers♥
xo

Katherine said...

And isn't that what we all want in life Steve ... for people to love us just as we are & for who we are. To be accepted with all our eccentricities, flaws & faults etc
I love this post! Hope all is well!

izzy said...

The self-centeredness - was born of need- However after a while my Mother made me aware that I should 'be seen and not heard ' in public.
THEN: 'Others may be watching you-'
so watch what you say and do!That was the meanest trick of all...took a long time to undo that critic!

Em said...

I love this. I believe that is how God loves us, but I am so thankful for change through spiritual awakening :)

Kay said...

insightful thought, that is very provoking...

change.

hmmm... change. too many thoughts wrapped around that one word to place down in a comment box.

Jingle said...

love your honesty and bravery...
beautiful reflections, the image on top is stunning!
Happy Wednesday!
You Deserve Happiness!

drybottomgirl said...

Yes Steve, this is how God loves you. If you need affirmation read the book "The Ragamuffin Gospel" and you will know just how much he loves you......

G-Man said...

I had a Psychology prof once that said..."Here's a handy dandy little definition of neurotic...The inability to forget"!

Dulce said...

Oh Steveroni!
Please do not CHAnge!
unless absolutetly necessary... and anyway-I will accept that change
and love you all the same :)

PEEP...

Syd said...

That is the profound thing. Not wanting others to change and not trying to get them to change frees me up, lets me release my grasp, and will free them as well.

Faith said...

Good stuff, Steve, needed to hear this tonight!

willow said...

Reverse psychology in the best way. Thanks for your kind comments over at the manor!

Brian Miller said...

yeah, i believe it is...but maybe its because of that love that we do...

Guinevere said...

A therapist told me a long time ago that "all change begins with acceptance." ... yeah, i believe god does love me this way... thanks, Steve.