Trainer Tip: The needs we focus on meeting and the strategies we use to meet those needs change over time. Mary shares about the life-serving nature of change. Trainer Tip We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden. —Goethe I used to think that people were supposed to feel and show little emotion. So I set out to be “even,” as I put it. I thought the best way to achieve this was to be “stable,” which to me meant to stagnate. I felt joy about things only for a short while. Then I wondered if I would ever be happy and if I was just difficult to please. It never occurred to me that trying new things and discovering what I enjoyed or didn’t enjoy was part of experiencing life. Indeed, to stagnate is to limit life. Life is change. Thank goodness for that! Try new things and enjoy them. Notice which needs you meet with each activity, and which you do not. Stay connected to your life in ways that meet your needs, be willing to adopt strategies that best serve you, and you will find more joy and interest in life. It is inevitable. Be open to changing your strategies to best serve your needs today. This trainer tip is an excerpt from Mary Mackenzie's book Peaceful Living, available from PuddleDancer Press.