Northeast Wisconsin
February 2014

February 2014

Change is in the air

It was the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus who first said that change is the only thing that stays constant in life. On the surface, that statement seems easy enough to understand. Think of the seasons: Fall gives way to winter; winter gives way to spring. School lets out for summer; school starts up in fall. Things are always changing, but we have our rituals and traditions associated with different times of the year. Those things stay the same.

Or do they? Now that the holidays are over and the quiet of winter has set in, we have time to reflect on the flurry of activity behind us. Against the backdrop of our yearly traditions, it’s easy to see how this year has been different from those past. Loved ones have gotten older. Some are no longer with us. Children have grown. Friends have moved on. Some relationships have soured. Others have strengthened. In so many ways, this year has been unique. And next year, many of these things will have changed.

As much as we often want things to stay the same, nothing ever does. While this thought might be bittersweet, it also lends a very great importance to the present moment. What you have now you won’t have forever. So if it’s good, we urge you to take the time to appreciate it. Don’t put off the little things. If you have an old friend you’ve been meaning to contact, do it now. If you have a relative in assisted living, visit her today. Send your old classmate an email. Tell your kids you love them. Kiss your spouse. Call your mother.

And if 2014 has gotten off to a rough start for you, remember that these difficult times cannot last forever. For better or for worse, nothing does.

With that in mind, we hope you’ll also take the time to appreciate the many insights presented in this month’s issue. Phyllis Kasper offers thoughts on the importance of building trust between therapists and patients. Dr. Stephanie Long shares various ways we can protect one of our precious gifts: our hearing. Courtney Cowie discusses how, in order to love another, we must all first learn to love ourselves. And of course, there are many more, so enjoy!

And if the cold February winds have you feeling like winter is here to stay forever, remember that change is just around the corner.

In health and happiness,

All of us at Nature’s Pathways

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