Motivational Monday…Learning to Embrace Change

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Motivational Monday…Learning to Embrace Change


As they say, change is inevitable. Whether in our work, at home, ourselves, our friends and family…things, people, and situations…there will always be change. 

We may be the ones who decide to change jobs or where we shop. Or we may have to accept a change that comes to us when a good friend decides to move away or our favorite restaurant closes. 

There are people I know who cannot handle change. One friend chose to stay in a one-sided marriage because the thought of making a change was something she could not bear. 


I met a client whose husband wanted to update their kitchen, bathrooms, and floors. It was definitely time. However the wife was so afraid of change, she could not embrace what many of us would be excited about

Will we like the new Broker?  Why did they have to change our MLS?  Why did they have to change (fill in the blank)?

Some changes are little blips on our radar and for the most part, we pause and move on. And, there are those changes that can stop us in our tracks. We freeze and anxiety overtakes us. 


It’s up to us to accept and move through the changes in our lives. 


And if we’re really lucky, we’ll learn to embrace the change. Instead of seeing all of the negative ramifications, we’ll find something positive from the change. 




Recognize it…Accept it…Embrace it


The past is like an anchor... you need to let go of who you were, to become who you'll be.

The Millionaire Moron


The magic of life is about looking forward, neither looking around and worrying what is about to go wrong nor having sorrows of the past.
Dr. Joe G. Vethanayagam

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Comments (19)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, I know remodeling is painful, but the end result is so much fun.   Change can be tough, but sometimes you should embrace it.

Mar 27, 2023 05:33 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox i agree! The inconvenience of remodeling is worth it

Mar 27, 2023 06:10 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... I've never been afraid of change... I think it's in my DNA to embrace it. From what I've observed throughout my life is that people who are afraid of change or resist it can't ever really "learn" to accept change. They might ultimately accept it, but there is always resistance. It's in their DNA.

Mar 27, 2023 05:34 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker there are changes I welcome and others I slowly accept! LO

Mar 27, 2023 06:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... I suspect that true for all of us!

Mar 27, 2023 06:14 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Change can be difficult to some. We had a home sold once and the seller had to take it off the market because their child was afraid to make a change at her school. They said they will put it on market again after she graduates High School.

Mar 27, 2023 06:11 AM
Kathy Streib

wow Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 that's a tough call for a parent. 

Mar 27, 2023 03:33 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Change is something I need work on for myself. Great information.  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week!  


Mar 27, 2023 06:40 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley you could look at it like you're very happy with what you have and where you are so change would be hard!!!

Mar 27, 2023 03:34 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Change can be good or bad and I think that is why people worry about it so much.  At times we think some change will be really good for us but then we miss what we had before that we didn't appreciate, haha.

Mar 27, 2023 06:40 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England and that's normal. We're comfortable with what we have so change can be hard. 

Mar 27, 2023 03:36 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Nina (oops, sorry Kathy Streib) - I don't immediately recall seeing that saying about change as it relates to parenting.  Maybe, that's why rebelling to it is popular in some circles.  🙃

Mar 27, 2023 07:03 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi  Michael Jacobs fighting change is a way of trying to have some control in our lives. 

Mar 27, 2023 06:02 PM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - sorry about the misidentification in my comment.  

Mar 27, 2023 07:12 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I agree.  We do have to be flexible and accept change, but that MLS change you mentioned can really get under my skin.  😉

Mar 27, 2023 07:04 AM
Kathy Streib

Ray Henson I'll bet!  There are things we do daily that when disrupted by some kind of change throws us off. 

Mar 27, 2023 06:05 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Yeah I'm one of those don't like change people when it comes to my routine and preferences. However....I LOVE change when it comes to transforming and improving!

Mar 27, 2023 07:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara I can see that!!!  I prefer change when I'm the one who initiates it. 

Mar 27, 2023 06:06 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice to share. I need to make some changes. Old habits can be difficult to break.

Mar 27, 2023 08:09 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Roy Kelley I do think that they are easier when we decide it's what we want to do. 

Mar 27, 2023 06:11 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy,  funny I just redid my black splash in my kitchen and now repainting also.  One room at a time.

Mar 27, 2023 09:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm good for you!!!!   I bet you love it!

Mar 27, 2023 06:11 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

A great Monday post on change. Our office phones will be undergoing a change next month. It actually will be better but it is a change and there will be those who will have difficulty in the change.

Mar 27, 2023 10:35 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX that's one of those kinds of changes that all of us have to face and can be difficult at first. I had someone who worked for me who hated it when we upgraded our phones or office procedures. 

Mar 27, 2023 06:14 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I don't like change, BUT I will make changes when they are necessary or make sense.

Mar 27, 2023 11:23 AM
Kathy Streib

George Souto oh yes, I really don't like change that makes no sense. 

Mar 27, 2023 06:15 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

As we get older, we see just how much change happens.  Yesterday, I was thinking about how different our community was when I moved to Sedona in 2003.  There are so many things I miss.  However, we all have to move forward. If we don't it strangles our growth.  We need to accept and embrace it as you stated above. Happy Monday!

Mar 27, 2023 12:14 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Kathy I love change and always have as long as I can remember.  Change bring new life, adventures and opportunities!

Mar 27, 2023 12:44 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy my take is the only constant is change and I am always on top of it:)Endre

Mar 27, 2023 09:13 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Change is definitely inevitable.  I've learned to evolve with it.  However, I cringe when I hear the words, "Change is good."  I believe change is only raw energy, only as beneficial as those that encounter it with positive force.

Mar 29, 2023 02:15 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Mar 29, 2023 02:17 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Change, while not always appreciated, can be good once we get accustomed and realize it's purpose.

Apr 10, 2023 08:04 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Depending on the change I usually work through it.  The ones I am not fond of is electronic processes changing when we upgrade software.  Sometimes I don't have the patience for the learning curve because I hate skipping a beat, which always seems to be the case in my world (example:  New Phone!)  But when it comes to remodeling, etc. I LOVE CHANGE!

Apr 17, 2023 11:40 AM