As if to play a trick on me, my body decided to wake up extra early this morning… an hour before my alarm was set to go off. The irony is, with daylight savings, I was awake two hours earlier than I normally am on a week day. It is one thing I dislike about daylight savings… the psychological effect it has on me. I think about losing an hour of sleep and I am bound to become tired. It is trivial of course, in light of the tragic difficulties people are facing at the moment in Japan and Libya… not even the levity provided by the antics of celebrities ( *cough* no need to mention names, we all know who) should distract from the devastation. Not to mention the recent earthquakes in China and New Zealand or the flooding in Australia. It is a time of great upheaval for many people. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant the change they may be experiencing in comparison to the major events taking place around the world. Panta Rei. Everything changes. That is not to be flip about change… instead, this is a phrase (shared by a dear sweet friend of mine almost ten years ago along with its counterpart which I adopted as my own personal slogan for a long time – Estin Enai, but I will save that for another time.) that I draw a great deal of inspiration from, not to mention comfort. Everything changes. No matter how shocking it might be, change is one thing we can count on in this life. How we weather that change I think, speaks more about our own integrity and willingness to be open to whatever is meant to arrive… There is true strength in being courageous and open to change… because it’s coming whether we want it to or not.