Change. It's a concept I don't always embrace...or do well with, for that matter. I'll freely admit that I'm a creature of habit and I like it that way. Unfortunately, things rarely stay the same.
Like when the space that normally holds my favorite brand on the grocery story shelf is suddenly occupied by something else. That happened a few weeks ago with the fiber bar I consume with great regularity. Strawberries and almonds...a great combination of healthy and tasty. And all of a sudden they were gone, not only from Walmart but from Publix as well. I don't know if they were discontinued by the manufacturer or just temporarily in short supply but they weren't there for me to buy. I was crushed; I didn't want another flavor. But I picked one amyway...chocolate and oats. Turns out I like it, perhaps even better than the strawberry one since the chocolate is dark, not milk chocolate. Change, it would seem, is good, even when it wasn't voluntary.
I've made some voluntary changes too though. I've used the same detergent in the dishwasher for years. Now that I think about it, I believe I've bought the same brand since my first dishwasher way back in the 70's and while it served me well for most of those years, I've become more and more unhappy with it in recent months. At first I chalked the residue on my dishes up to my old dishwasher. It is, after all, 22 years old now...may it just doesn't have what it takes to clean my plates and silverware. Then I read that my old standby had revamped its formula a few years ago so I revamped my choice. And you know what...it made all the difference in the world. Everything is squeaky-clean now when it comes out of the dishwasher.
Not every change is good, however. I'm not sure what we were thinking when we picked up the store brand of toilet tissue when we were in Walmart. It is, to say the least, pitiful. It's been good for a few laughs though; you're never too old for a little potty humor.
I suppose if two out of every three changes that happen in my life turn out for the better, I don't have room to complain. Maybe change really is a good thing.