One of my favorite writers, bloggers, podcaster, and an all around interesting person is James Altucher. His latest book is called “Reinvent Yourself.” It got me thinking about reinvention and how it is always possible at every moment.
I heard it said many times that “People Don’t Change.” Which I believed at one time. It is one of the many beliefs that I have had in my life that have been proven false. Just because you believe something doesn’t mean it is true. People are not able to change unless they want to. I think that some people don’t believe they can change. I have fallen into that category many times. Another reason so many people don’t change is that they don’t realize that the constant chattering that is going on in their head is not their sole identity. So many people are completely identified with their thoughts. It is a part of you, but it isn't the complete you. When you sit still once in awhile, preferably every day, you will begin to notice that the chatter is illogical, biased, and all over the place. When you closely identify with them, you will find your behaviors and actions to be the same. Learn not to identify so much of yourself with that stream. Learn to watch the stream and let it come and go. It is going to keep on running no matter how hard you try. You can either be the witness or travel in the stream while you continue to repeat the same patterns over and over again.
Every Moment Is New
Contemplate the fact that every single moment is new. Everything is in a constant state of change, and nothing lasts. When you do that you have the opportunity to reinvent you at every moment. That is of course significantly easier to say than to do, but it is possible. To help you with this think about the cells in your body. Think of how often they replace themselves. Or die and are born again. Just as an example; red blood cells live for about four months, while white blood cells live on average more than a year. Skin cells live about two or three weeks. Colon cells have it rough: They die off after about four days. The only part of you that will continue to be the same are your thoughts. That is of course unless you choose to start letting go.