Changes – David Bowie (click to play)

When Tony hollers “Circle the Wagons”, I always cringe because I know that changes are a-comin’. He picked up that phrase in his early days on Wall Street when the head of trading would say it as a response to the market going crazy. Circle the Wagons has become one of our household mottos: it’s our signal to hold up and re-group to adapt to changing conditions, usually economic. We laugh about it, but I’m never happy to hear that phrase because it often puts a crimp in the existing contentment.

The seeds of change are planted on the day we are born as one of the few certainties in life. The harvests we reap are the transformations that we go through in the course of our lives. Whether we purposefully and willingly take on change or have change thrust upon us due to circumstances beyond our control, it is as inevitable as death itself. We must change or bust. Andy Warhol said, “They say that time changes things, but actually you have to change them yourself.” Actually Andy, it’s a little of both. Things around us are constantly changing, and its up to us to adapt ourselves to those changes. It’s not necessarily survival of the fittest, but rather survival of the most adaptable.

Why are people afraid of change, and why are we so resistant to such a natural part of living? The key to change is to let go of the fear and embrace the unknown. Times of transition open us up to new and wonderful possibilities, like the caterpillar-to-butterfly metamorphosis. How boring would life be if everything stayed the same? Life is fluid and constant motion, and we need to move and groove along with the waves or be sucked under the changing tides.

Our planet is undergoing major transformations that have been brought on mainly through our own actions. And now it’s up to us to change our way of doing things to not only adapt to those changes but also to reverse them. Sustainability is a very big key to our long-term survival, and there are so many ways that we can each contribute to that goal. Install a tankless water heater, convert to solar power, drive a hybrid car, be a locavore eating locally-grown organic produce. We went wine tasting at Benziger Winery in Sonoma last weekend and were fascinated with their biodynamic agriculture. It goes beyond organic farming as a holistic approach to creating a balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility from within the farm (or vineyard) itself, and herein lies the future of our planet’s restoration.

On a personal level, I’m working to restore the balanced vitality of my body since I can’t shake the feeling that I dodged a melanoma bullet with my Harry Potter scar. Of course I’m counting my blessings and feeling very grateful for an early and clear diagnosis. But rather than sitting back and breathing a sigh of relief, I am learning about all the things I should change in my lifestyle to keep cancer cells at bay. For as open as I am to change, I must admit that I’m dragging my heels a bit on this one. No alcohol, no sugar, no fat, no massages, no steam rooms and jacuzzis, no sunshine, no air travel… this No List feels more like a death sentence than melanoma does. I don’t wanna circle the dang wagons… I’d rather go bust! Whoa there little filly… I must remind myself that the anticipated dread is usually far worse than the reality. The more I learn about the things we can do to keep those free radical cells from wrecking havoc in our bodies, the more I welcome this lifestyle change. So circle your wagon back in a week and we’ll delve into the anticancer metamorphosis that we should all embrace. Turn and face the strain… ch-ch-changes.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Brenda
    Mar 11, 2012 @ 15:25:48

    Beautifully written as always Jana.


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