If you want to make enemies, try to change something. – Woodrow Wilson
We all want to be liked. We all want to be loved. So one of the greatest impediments to change is the fear of upsetting the apple cart — offending one’s friends. Yet as we begin our Lenten discipline change is exactly what we seek – internal change. We decline that glass of wine, donut in the break room, or a piece of your best friend’s birthday cake, and when we do we look with anticipation at those around us to make sure we haven’t offended or hurt someone.
A simplistic example yes, but I think it makes the point. Now imagine the trepidation we have if the change we seek is major. We must be alert to the societal pressures that will weigh upon us as we begin to rid ourselves of the restraints on our heart. The converse is true as well. We must be careful not to second guess other’s attempts to break their chains.
Societal resistance to change is often the first hurdle we face on our forty day journey around the track. Jump over it, don’t let it become a barrier to progress.