Officially spring started with the Vernal Equinox, and now we are looking forward to the warmth in the air and long sunny days. As for the Nishimura household, we are expecting to move across the country to Fort Bliss, Texas, during this summer.

It is a thrilling time of the year with new opportunities and new adventures for many military Families.

It can also be somewhat of an anxious time because of the changes and new settings that come with our military lifestyle.

Perhaps some of you are just like my Family, anticipating a permanent change of station in the coming months. Some of you may have to move quite quickly with short notice because of the earlier beginning of the new school year in the area to which you are moving.  

Some others may be facing transitions in the near future including end of service and retirement. Resilience is defined as “the ability to bounce back from an adverse experience, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity.”

If you feel you are stressed about your move, beginning a new school year in a new location or starting a new job or position, how are you going to deal with that effectively?  

Do you feel that everything is falling in to place as you anticipated? Do you feel that things will start to normalize for you quickly?

Or, are you feeling frustrated and anxious about what is taking place?

Change is not easy for anyone. Yet, it is constant.  

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, is quoted as saying “Change is the only constant in life.”  

If that is even slightly true, instead of fretting about changes and feeling stressed out, why not embrace the change to our advantage?  

The changes we face in life can be opportunities for a new beginning. They can easily be a start of an adventure. Take advantage of change and look for some new possibilities coming your way.  

Maintain your positive outlook to challenge yourself to reach for your goals.  

What kind of adventures are you jumping in to now?