Community Message: Falling Back to Change

By Bethany Stroup

When most of us think of the Autumn season we think of pumpkin spice lattes and children heading back to schools. What I often ponder in this season is how inevitable change is in our lives. Every fall the trees transform their colors as a sign to us to remember that all things change with time.

Change is often difficult and the transitions leave us in lulls of uncertainty. Even good changes can cause us to feel unbalanced.

An old fable suggests that King Solomon had a ring with the words, “this too shall pass” written both on the inside and outside to remind him that bad and good things would both pass. So how does one orient to an ever-changing world with ever-changing relationships?

Instead of looking ahead with fear or anticipation, we can all practice finding something to be happy about in each moment. That is how long-term joy is created in a changing world.

Bethany Stroup is the Media & Communications Specialist for Good Samaritan Ministries, a faith-based counseling organization with headquarters here in Beaverton.