The First Step to Managing Change

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • The nature of life is change. And, the more we strive to keep things the same, the greater the changes seem to be. Nothing lasts forever. We only need to visit any cemetery to get a fresh reminder of the transient nature of our existence.

    Economies and industries rise and fall. Remember Kodak film? How about vinyl records, cassette tapes and VCRs? It is a given that, at some point in time, in each one of our lives, we will all experience the bitter taste of failure as well as the savory sweetness of success; the vulnerability of weakness as well as the gift of inner strength; the fragility of illness as well as the radiance of health; the emptiness of abandonment as well as the nourishment of love; the paralyzing effects of fear as well as the faith-building effects of courage; the poverty of ignorance as well as the well-spring of new knowledge.

    Of course, we all hope to spend most of our days on the right-hand side of this equation, basking in abundant success, strength, health, love, courage and knowledge. However, the only guarantee in life is that NOTHING is guaranteed!

    Sometimes, the best that we can hope for is to first learn to truly love ourselves, as we already are, and then to love everyone else, as we have learned to love ourselves. Perhaps that is the greatest gift we can give, to ourselves and to others.

    After all, if we are all made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27), coming to a full recognition and appreciation of who we and others really are is an awakening of the highest magnitude.

    And just maybe, as more and more of us awaken, the anguish felt by those cycling through failure, weakness, illness, abandonment, fear and ignorance could be better buffered and utilized for transformative awakening of society as a whole instead of as a soul-crushing sense of defeat and hopelessness.

    When any one of us falls, we all fall. But, when any one of us awakens, we all awaken. We are all connected to one another, whether we recognize it yet or not. If you find yourself on the left-hand side of this equation, know that you are not alone AND that there is always the light of dawn after the dark night. If you are fortunate enough to find yourself on the right-hand side of this equation, give thanks for your abundance AND look for others to share it with.

    As always, always believe in your dreams!!!

    Jon Ketcham

    Dr. Ketcham is the author of the "iContractor" book series, a Motivational Speaker and Dream re-Kindler to Earth-bound Travelers of Light. Dr. Ketcham was in private practice as a chiropractor for over 17 1/2 years & contributed contributed a quarterly philosophy column to his hometown newspaper, The Meadville Tribune (circ. 12,000), in the Active for Life supplement, from 2009 until 2013. Dr. Ketcham is also a motivational speaker who delivers a powerful message of taking responsibility for your results in life and changing those results by changing yourself from the inside-out! "In order for things to change and improve, you don't need a 'change of venue.' What you need is a 'change within you.'" (iContractor 1, p. 42) However, when it comes right down to it, Dr. Ketcham is the first to acknowledge, "I am nobody; no better, no worse than anybody else. I am just doing the best I can with the resources I find before me; just like everybody else." In fact, rather than puffing out his chest and touting his credentials, he prefers the simple title of "jon." Much like Job from the Bible, jon has known more than his fair share of adversity and misfortune. Having gone broke 3X within 4 years, nearly dying from a life-threatening illness and skirting perilously close to homelessness, he immersed himself into a decade-long study of personal development and success that included reading over 100 classic works, repeatedly listening to more than two dozen audio programs and watching over a dozen videos. He was then able to turn his life around and build the "waiting-list" chiropractic practice of his dreams, only to have his entire livelihood mostly evaporate following sweeping insurance company reductions in Pennsylvania in 2012 that took most of the fun and ALL of the viability out of private practice. By documenting his journey into hell & back, he leaves a trail of light for others still lost in the abyss of darkness His latest book, The "Zero's Journey" - A Modern-day Survival Guide for Weathering Accidental Enlightenment comes out at the end of this year. jon is available to speak to anyone, groups and individuals, in search of a means of weathering the storms of life! He can be reached at

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    1. M. Catlett
      M. Catlett says:

      Good or bad, wanted or not – all things arise and subside. Our blessings and our torments are just waves, our lives ripples… all things the gentle heaving chest of God. Blessings, I enjoyed your post.


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