The changes that occur in most people’s lives are both rapid and pervasive. Seismic shifts in awareness occur. People change jobs, roles, schools, relationships and themselves in the flick of a moment. Just as episodes of trauma can shift the direction of life, so can times of positive growth and experience. People can transform and reinvent their lives.
You may have experienced this personally. You may have left a conversation or an encounter irrevocably altered. Your worldview expanded. The pathway to a new way of living opened before you. There may be in your history or in your family’s history times when circumstances shifted rapidly. In those moments the presence of resilience is lifesaving.
It is like the old story about a client who experienced a lifechanging session with a psychologist and asked them, ‘How long did it take you to learn to do that?’ The reply was, ‘It took me five minutes to say it and twenty years to learn what to say.’ Change in life can occur rapidly but it often has had years of small practices that allow the change to occur.