One day several years ago, I called my mother and started complaining about my life.
By that time, I’d been a wife, working-mom, stay-at-home mom, and adult student. I’d also been stuck in what I now know is a cycle of monotony. There was no joy in my life. I wasn’t happy – and I didn’t know why.
My mother silenced me with one simple phrase. She said, If nothing changes, nothing changes. The call to my mother was that proverbial wake-up call. After that, I knew I had to stop complaining about my life, stop waiting for change, and just start changing. After years not knowing what I didn’t know, it became clear to me: If I didn’t change, I would be stuck forever in a life I could only complain about.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was soon to be on the path suggested by Mahatma Gandhi, who said “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
That’s when I started on my path of self-empowerment, personal transformation, inner growth, and peace. As I continued down that path, I began to eliminate bouts of temporary depression, relationship blues, anger, resentment, and the stagnation of monotony.
As I emerged from the place I’d been, I realized I had been given a gift, one I had to be willing to share with anyone else who was frustrated, unfulfilled, and unhappy – but willing to work for something else, something better and brave enough to change.