By Adriana Adarve – Owner of Adarve Translations
“The world is changing so fast.” “Nothing is as it used to be before.” “This is outrageous; nothing is anymore as it was back when…” “Too many different people ‘on our backyards’…” “Too many new ideas and different ways of thinking and doing things…” “What is the world coming to?” “Why can’t things stay the way they have always been?”
Have you ever heard things like these in your life? More than that, have you ever said things like these, or even similar to these? I most certainly have, and I am sure all of us have said them over and over again… And will probably still say them!
But why are we so concerned with the world changing ‘all of a sudden’? As far as I know, the world changes every nanosecond of its lifetime, and has been changing since the very moment it was created. Nothing is static, everything changes. It is one of the laws of nature.
However, let’s just concentrate for the moment on one single aspect of the world we so lament is changing. Let us concentrate on human beings alone. Ever since the dawn of time, human beings have been changing, shifting, moving around… There are many reasons for this moving around of human beings and one of those reasons is simple curiosity. Curiosity in human beings is the driving force of the world, as we see it, changing so much under our own very feet. We are all curious, aren’t we? I am, for certain!
So, by sheer curiosity we all move around and try to discover new things. We leave our groups of origin and go exploring, learning new things, bringing new things to the people—and other beings—we encounter on our path. We come with a basket full of diverse knowledge and experiences, and then we encounter new ones. So, as adaptation will have it, we find the need to adjust our perspective and learn new things. I call this, framing and shifting.
We frame the knowledge and perspectives we came with because with them we feel safe and balanced. We then encounter new knowledge and perspectives and we shift our original ones in order to fit them in with our original basket of knowledge and perspectives.
Frame… Shift… Reframe… Re-shift.
Oftentimes, we go through this process without even being aware of it. Thus, we continue to feel safe and balanced. Nonetheless, I believe that when we deplore the changes in the ‘present’ world, we are in fact becoming aware of our own process of reframing and re-shifting our own perspectives. But, instead of embracing it as the expansion of the curiosity-satisfying path we took from the start, the path that allows us to frame and then shift in order to become something bigger, something more profound, we feel unbalanced and unsafe. We say that we don’t like change. We say things need to stay the way they were.
And it is at this precise moment—when we deplore the changes we don’t want to accept—that the change process starts its cycle again.
So, we simply Frame… Shift… Reframe… Re-shift… Again and again. Our change process cannot be stopped. The world cannot be stopped from changing. Our thirst for knowledge and expansion cannot be changed. After all, our curiosity demands to be satisfied.
The world’s changes broaden the spectrum of possibilities available to all of us. Our change process amplifies our knowledge, enhances our perspectives, satisfies our curiosity.
So, I propose to you: let’s just Frame… Shift… Reframe… Re-shift.
Adriana Adarve, Asheville, NC
About the Author: Adriana Adarve is the owner of Adarve Translations and is fluent in three languages (English, Spanish & French), as well as pluri-cultural, multi-cultural, plurilingual and multilingual.