By Veronica Correa, LCSW-C

Change is inevitable. Change is part of life and it is what gives us life. We often struggle with change and make many attempts to keep things the same because they are familiar to us. 

When spring arrives, however, we welcome this change with open arms and look forward to the changes around us: the beautiful flowers and blossoms in the trees, the birds singing and the flowers sprouting. We also know for certain that soon we’ll have delicious summer produce and be able to enjoy the outdoors and play in the water.

What would happen if we opened ourselves up to change more often, just like we do with spring? Most of us feel ready and prepared to welcome the beauty and fun of spring, which makes the transition easy and welcome. 

While it is true that many changes in our lives are unexpected and painful, it is also true that those moments bring a new path to follow. Is it possible, in the midst of difficulties, pain and sorrow, to find enjoyment with each changing moment? In my own life, I use difficulties to create an upgraded version of myself, just like when I upgrade my phone every so often. It’s an opportunity to reflect and create positive changes in our lives – whether or not I thought I needed it! 

When challenges arise in our life and force us to make changes, we can meet them with a smile and welcome them. 

Poet Rumi says it best in this poem: 

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all

even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture

Still treat each guest honorably,

he may be clearing you out

for some new delight

The dark thought, the shame, the malice

Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in

Be grateful for whoever comes

Because each has been sent

As a guide from beyond.

Happy spring!

About the author

Veronica Correa, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker, certified hypnotherapist and life coach. To learn more about her work, visit or call 410-742-6016.