Stop And Take New Measurements
“The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.”
– George Bernard Shaw
Especially these days.
I’m certainly not the same person I was a year ago,
and I would hardly recognize myself from five years past.
So it would be the sensible thing to do when greeting someone who you haven’t seen in awhile, to whip out your energetic tape measure, and get their
new, more recent measurements, because I guarantee you, they’ve changed!
If you’re operating under the assumption that everything about that person has
remained the same…there will be plenty of misunderstandings.
Just as you would not want to be made to fit the same mold you held years or even months ago, the same is true for every person.
Be careful, pay attention, really!
Just as you’re about to make the jokes about the many benefits of single life, like you always do with your friend, the confirmed bachelor, he reveals he was married to the love of this life a month ago!
How about your friend the staunch Republican, with whom you get into many
a lively debate on social and political issues, telling you she’s volunteering for
Marianne Williamson’s Congressional campaign!
Well, that was unexpected.
Or that loud obnoxious guy at work who has become thoughtful and introspective.
There is definitely change in the air, big time!
Don’t bring me Sees chocolates anymore.
I know! I used to love them, but I find they just don’t do it for me anymore.
Don’t measure me by that old yardstick you carry around,
because I won’t measure up, you may be disappointed.
I’m not as serious,
I’m much more understanding,
I like Kale,
I may choose a lemon dessert,
I stay away from wearing prints these days,
I go to the gym, I don’t hike as much,
I’m leaning toward letting my hair go grey/white (shocking! I know)
I might choose the mountains over the beach,
Yet…it’s still me in here.
Ever evolving, changing my mind, open to new things,
and if next year, you’re looking for me in a crowd,
I could be the white haired woman, sipping a green drink,
whose standing right next to you!
How have you changed?