Sunday, 3 February 2013


"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." Heraclitus of Ephesus

The human body is not a static entity as its cells are in a constant state of renewal.  As a result of this you have a new liver every 5 months. Your taste buds are no older than 10 days.  You have a completely new skin every 4 weeks (your skin is the largest organ you have).  Your skeleton replaces itself completely every 10 years.  In fact, besides for your brain and heart, no part of you is older than a decade.

Each morning that you wake up millions of cells have been replaced.  Literally speaking, you are not the same person you were yesterday.

What we don't renew as often as our cells are our habits, perceptions and mental constructs.  Physical renewal is a wonderful mechanism, but mental and situational renewal are crucial too.  Too many allow past hardships and failures to accumulate into a residue that obstructs them from taking any new or bold action.  They become the same person every day, perpetuating the same life and refusing to believe that any radical change is plausible.

Whether you feel you're stuck in a dead-end job, toxic relationship or violent neighborhood, it is an illusion to think that your current situation is what the rest of your life is consigned to.  Conscious renewal needs commitment though because it doesn't happen automatically like cellular renewal.  And in the same way that any part of your body needs a few days or months to renew itself, change to any situation in your life requires daily action and the patience to allow that action to yield a result.

Don't consign yourself to your past.  You're a new person every day and your failures in the past have no bearing on today.  The river you step into today is a different river to the one you stepped into yesterday, meaning that like people situations and external circumstances are also dynamic.  What didn't work in the past could work if you try it again.  It's not always insanity to do the same thing and expect a different result.

As is the case with your body, your external situation may appear to change little on a daily basis, but small changes compounded will accumulate and after some weeks or months you will notice meaningful change.  Transformation is usually deceptive and discreet rather than apparent and overt.

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