But start slowly, because direction is more important than speed.
Sit in another chair, on the other side of the table.
Later on, change tables.
When you go out, try to walk on the other side of the street. Then change your route, walk calmly down other streets, observing closely the places you pass by.
Take other buses. Change your wardrobe for a while; give away your old shoes and try to walk barefoot for a few days – even if only at home.
Take off a whole afternoon to stroll about freely, listening to the birds or the noise of the cars.
Open and shut the drawers and doors with your left hand.
Sleep on the other side of the bed. Then try sleeping in other beds.
Watch other TV programs, read other books, live other romances – even of only in your imagination.
Sleep until later. Go to bed earlier.
Learn a new word a day.
Eat a little less, eat a little more, eat differently; choose new seasonings, new colors,
things you have never dared to experiment.
Lunch in other places, go to other restaurants, order another kind of drink
and buy bread at another bakery.
Lunch earlier, have dinner later, or vice-versa.
Try something new every day: a new side, a new method, a new flavor,
a new way, a new pleasure, a new position.
Pick another market, another make of soap, another toothpaste.
Take a bath at different times of the day.
Use pens with different colors.
Go and visit other places.
Love more and more and in different ways. Even when you think that the other will be frightened, suggest what you have always dreamed about doing when you make love.
Change your bag, your wallet, your suitcases, buy new glasses, write other poems.
Open an account in another bank, go to other cinemas, other hairdressers,
other theaters, visit new museums.
Change. And think seriously of finding another job, another activity,
work that is more like what you expect from life, more dignified, more human.
If you cannot find reasons to be free, invent them: be creative.
And grab the chance to take a long, enjoyable trip – preferably without any destination.
Try new things. Change again. Make another change. Experiment something else.
You will certainly know better things and worse things than those you already know, but that does not matter. What matters most is change, movement, dynamism, energy.
Only what is dead does not change – and you are alive.

~ Clarice Lispector

Changes are happening here, some doors are opening
I’m taking my seat on the other side of the table.

22 Comments on “change

  1. It all begins with that one step and before you know it, You’ve embarked on a new journey all over again πŸ™‚

  2. So much in that little essay to take in. I’m going to have to print it and keep it and read it and do it. I loved it. It’s perfect for you at this moment…I wonder if you always knew where you wanted to go…it takes time to figure it all out..I read somewhere recently that if you put your work out there and the world needs it, it will come to you. I think you have done just that…
    So happy I can share part of your change tomorrow…and looking forward to your 2017 journey. I hope it’s all that you want…
    I’m not so sure if I’m changing in seat just yet…I really just need to learn to sit in it long enough to get something done…🍷

  3. I adore this photo (as i do all of yours). This quote by Lispector speaks to me. Although I’ve tended to live my life this way all along, I feel I could — and should — do more as she suggests. What a perfect post.

  4. I’m happy to hear it – enjoy the adventure! I love change and love this excerpt, especially that last line. I have a feeling your changes will be exciting ones and will be cheering you and your beautiful photos on!

  5. Love the photo, and love the text!! I’m all for changes, changes are always for the better… hope this year brings you the change you want πŸ™‚

    • Haha, yes! I’ve been retired for a few years now (I was a teacher in my former life) and it feels good to reinvent myself and explore different avenues. It’s freeing!

  6. Change can be good, but sometimes unsettling. I do agree that it’s great to reinvent ourselves though! Great text and lovely photo, Susan!

  7. what an inspiring post… change is energy… most people do not like changes.But changes are sometimes necessary as are the 4 seasons. In the spring I will have a post of 4 seasons … I have many posts to share before that one. I discovered that I like writing. Thank you so much, Susan, for this beautiful inspiring text. β™₯β™₯β™₯

  8. Thank you for this, Susan; a perfectly inspiring text by the wonderful Clarice Lispector to give me thought on this my 56th Birthday! XX

  9. Wishing you joy and success in all the changes. My life’s been getting shook up a bit, but I’m finally letting go and going with the flow. Onward to new adventures!

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  11. Yea change is always for the better. Beautifully written.Made me think about changing my things seriously.

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