They tell you a change is as good as a rest – well, i’m not so sure that those two correlate quite so neatly, i’ll take a rest over any change, any day – but i can certainly vouch for the enervating effects that change can have, although precisely how beneficial it can be is very much dependant on the particular nature of any change, and how we choose to tackle it.
Much of what i do on a day-to-day basis in rl revolves around change management – personally, i’m someone who finds the prospect of change something that’s not to be feared and is a fertile ground for exploration, development and regeneration. That’s not to say that i don’t recognise that not everyone finds it easy to embrace change and a large part of my role is to encourage and facilitate others as they get to grips with what – to them – may be a particularly challenging time. It’s also true that i manage change on a professional level much more effectively than on the personal level, outside work in my own time and environment, i prefer greater stability and consistency than i do in the working environment. Not all change, of course, is good or welcomed – and it’s at difficult times of inconstancy that we can triumph or fall, depending on our personal circumstances and ability to adapt.
These past six months – in particular the last few weeks – have been extremely challenging for me in rl, with a huge amount of upheaval and change that although mainly positive, has been incredibly demanding, but worthwhile. What this has meant is that the energy and time i’ve had at my disposal to indulge myself in sl has radically diminished and so too has my inworld activity. Consequently, whilst change has been happening apace in the real world, very little has altered in the virtual one. However, there comes a point at which stagnation becomes a very real possibility – and we want to avoid that at all costs, don’t we? So it’s time for an inworld change, and one which is well overdue.
After what has been well over the ‘couple of months’ that i originally planned it to last, i’ll be closing down my current installation and unveiling a new exhibition of images at the Nowhere Land Gallery – (hopefully this coming weekend) – so if you haven’t yet paid a visit to catch ‘Megalith – the voice of the stones’, now really is your last chance, because it’ll be over very soon. Watch this space for the announcement that the new exhibit is open!
And there’s more… ‘Sakura’, my homage to all things traditional Japanese will soon be demolished – it’s been one of my favourite builds to date, but there’s a certain zen like aspect to tearing down something that’s good enough to remain permanent, and – returning to the whole topic of change – it’s time to do something new and different. Who knows, it may even be better?
Why not pay a visit now, if you’ve not already been, if you fancy a few quiet moments contemplating the garden of stones, because come the end of October, i’ll be replacing it with my annual Haven Halloween Hotchpotch – more details to follow when i’ve come up with some ideas!… And, after that, anything could happen!
So, time to ring the changes, get out of the rut and do something different and, to coin of of my mum’s favourite admonishments, when i used to press my luck at stealing the chocolate biscuits: ‘Once they’re gone… they’re gone’.
Now that she’s back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey, hey
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there’s a time to change, hey, hey, hey
Train – Drops Of Jupiter