Change Is The Essence Of Life Essay

Life Changes Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old life changes quotes, life changes sayings, and life changes proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.     

Lao Tzu

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

Johann Wolfgang

Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't.

Steve Maraboli

Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.

Jim Rohn

Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

John F. Kennedy

The inherent nature of life is constant change. To fear change is to fear life itself.

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The nature of life is constant change. The world is not the same today as it was yesterday, and it will be different still tomorrow. We can be victims of that change, or we can proactively drive change.

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Enjoy life as it is today - it is going to change!

Stephen Ramjewan

True life is lived when tiny changes occur.

Leo Tolstoy

Life is a progress, and not a station.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.

Hugh Prather

Life is about change, sometimes it's painful, sometimes it's beautiful, but most of the time it's both.     


Change is the essence of life - everything is in a process of moving, growing, adapting and changing, and change is the most important action that shapes the direction of life.     

Dr T.P.Chia

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

Carol Burnett

Life is its own journey, presupposes its own change and movement, and one tries to arrest them at one's eternal peril.     

Laurens Van Der Post

Change is the essence of life.Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.


by Andrea
April 30, 2016

I hope you read Judy's last post, the landscape of my being. In her essay Judy continues to explore her experience of loss and grief from the passing of her mother over 10 months ago. She shares with us her discovery of what I feel is a lesser known secret about living a beautiful and whole life. She shares that by staying close to—and not avoiding—her experience of loss and grief she is finding an expanded landscape within her self. She then takes a leap, and goes beyond the loss and grief she experiences about the passing of her own mother to the sense of loss and grief she experiences in her contemplation of climate change. She weaves these two dimensions of reality together in one heartfelt, unbroken tapestry. 

In my own contemplation of this raw and courageous essay, I realize that by staying real with and close to my own experience of loss and grief, whatever it may be, reality can penetrate more deeply. When I stay with this long enough I feel courage growing inside—courage to let in even more reality. As Judy puts it: “It’s almost like I am beckoning my being to let all this sink in more; to land in a ground that holds both lightness and depth; joy and sobriety.” Beautiful.

Beautiful, yes, and yet as we all know, grief can be very difficult to stay with. The impulse to move away from it is strong. The perspective that Judy shares with us is hard won. For her, this forum of writing every two weeks (for this blog) has helped her to stay with her process of grieving. As one of her closest friends, I continually witness deep and soft changes in her—some quiet and some more expressive—all changes that seem intimately connected to her process of grieving. I see this in others as well. My sister Pat lost her husband 17 months ago (Gerry: a forever love). Pat is not writing blog posts, but she stays very close to her experience of loss and grief in a way that is real, open and deeply spiritual. She walks the beach, visits the cemetery, spends time in church and with close friends and family. In these 18 months she is discovering life on her own after over 50 years in partnership. This is not an easy journey, but as with Judy, she is changing in a way that is expansive. Unexpectedly, I have watched a friendship spark between the two of them, a friendship through this blog, a friendship born of a solo journey that each of them have courageously embraced. In Pat, as with Judy, I see steadily growing courage. She may not see this in herself at this point—as others do. Sometimes the grieving process keeps us in the dark, as we navigate with only a few flickers of light. Or sometimes, no flicker at all.

Acknowledging loss and grief as an ongoing part of every day reality is at the core of my relationship with my aging mother. By this I do not mean it is morbid, depressing or sorrowful. Quite the contrary. The relationship I have with my mother is full of light, joy and very deep love. It is pure and untouched by complexity. It has ripened with age. For me, this relationship is not only a restful harbor, but an open field of inquiry into the paradoxes of life and love. Paradoxes that hold loss, sorrow and grief in the same quiet temple as joy, love and celebration. There is loss of my mother as the youthful, active and spunky woman that she was—but somewhere a long the way her life tranformed into a quiet stillness and penetrating warmth.

Sometimes when I reflect upon my mother's 98 years of life with all its ups and downs, joys and sorrows, I feel enormous gratitude and tenderness for her own solo journey with loss and grief. Like Judy and Pat, I feel the essence of a beautiful life born of that journey, and that same expanded landscape "that holds both lightness and depth: joy and sobriety."


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