the edge of radical change

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I am sure all of you remember the nursery rhyme – Humpty Dumpty:

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.”

Interestingly, this nursery rhyme may have actually been a riddle or a veiled political statement meant to get people to think about something at a deeper level.

Let us take a look at Humpty Dumpty events at a deeper level.

Humpty Dumpty is often portrayed as an egg.  When the egg falls off the wall and breaks, there is no way to put it back together again.

The Universe often initiates radical change with Humpty Dumpty events.  When the “great fall” occurs in your life, there is no way to put it back together, or go back to the way it was.

The immediate aftermath is that of a chaotic mess.

However, also consider that an egg is something that gives birth to something new when the outer shell is cracked open.  That hard shell needs to be cracked open at just the right time to reveal the stunning new growth that was occurring inside.

After a Humpty Dumpty event, you have to adapt to a whole new set of circumstances, which are often painful or uncomfortable.

After most Humpty Dumpty events when the initial shock wears off, you are left with a new environment, situation, feelings, or point-of-view that is not only different, but much better than the ones you started with.

Involuntary radial change occurs in at least two varieties, with a loss or a gain.

It occurs when you lose something such as through the death of a loved one, the breakup of a relationship, a divorce, a job layoff, a bankruptcy, a serious injury or illness, etc.

It also occurs when you gain something such as a new relationship,  a marriage, the birth of a child, a new job, a move to a place, a move into a new residence, etc.

So what is your edge of radical change?

Have you had a Humpty Dumpty event recently in you life?

Was that radical event in which you gained something or lost something?

How you did you adapt to the mess it created?

Is there any situation in your life in which you are now willing to engage in voluntarily radical change instead having the radical change forced upon you?

What would that situation be?

Are you sitting on the wall ready for change?

Or are you on the ground ready to crack your own egg open to reveal your growth inside?

Out There on the Edge of Everything®…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

Co-author of the award-winning and best-selling book:  The Plastic Effect:  How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.

Regular columnist: Positive Impact Magazine

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