Recently, I have been dealing with major changes in life.
For one, I have moved to a foreign land to teach. It’s my first time to work abroad.
Instead of dealing with primary kids, I now handle teenagers, kids often bigger than me. Instead of me towering over my students, I find I often have to look up to them.
Changes in routine, for example, weekend routines back in the Philippines have changed as well. It’s now more simple.
Relationships wise, from a mini-long distance, it becomes a even longer distance relationship.
Foreign language, foreign place, everything is new.
It can get overwhelming at times really.
Change is really the only constant.
However, I think I adjusted well and here are 5 ways I used to deal with the change:
1) Think of your Whys.
Think of the reasons that led to your decision that brought about much change in your life. Those reasons will keep you grounded.
2) Surround yourself with friends. Connect.
I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded with great friends and colleagues here in this foreign land. They help stave off homesickness and provide positive cheer.
3) Be humble
Dealing with new environments and changes can lead you to doubt your confidence. Be humble to acknowledge that you don’t know everything. Ask. Learn from others. This will lead to confidence.
4) Connect with God
Each time you wake up with the sun lighting up brightly in the sky, you know that God has a purpose for you and you have not yet accomplished it. Being in this new situation is part of the journey leading to your soul’s purpose.
Embrace the new change. Enjoy this new journey. Change often brings new things to learn and experience. One day, you will remember these experiences and smile that you braved the changes and it made you a better person.
Enjoy Change! Savor the adventure and enjoy the taste of new cheese!
Spencer Johnson, Who moved my cheese?