“Be like the cliff against which the waves continually break; but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations “Ay, to the proof, as mountains are for winds, that shakes not, though they blow perpetually.” ― William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew There is always a moving forward, a pressing on, a progression toward the future. There are continuously voices calling for change. Change is good, but can we pause for just a moment and recognize that change can be hard, that there is loss, that there is grief? Can we allow for the fact that in the forward march some beauty sometimes gets left in the dust? We are told that we must continue on, must keep on keeping on, must go with the flow and adapt to the change. But so much changes so fast and there is a sense that sometimes pain is not accounted for or allowed. Chin up, stay calm, soldier on. What about the grand tree with solid deep roots? What about the steady cliff beaten by the waves but not diminished? Can we learn nothing from them? Yes there is change, fairly constant beating of the waves on us. But there are firm foundations and places deep down where we can find the solace of steadfast unchanging strength. Not everything needs to change. And those who push so hard for change need to sometimes stop, breathe, look around, tend to those who are reeling from it all with compassion and grace. We do not all move so fast so easily anymore. And there is wisdom in the knowing that not all was meant for change. Not everything is in constant state of fluctuating or adapting. There is in all of it an ancient undercurrent, a solid fortress, a rock that is higher than the waves, higher than the seemingly insatiable appetite for something new, something better, something, if nothing else, just different than what is. There is time for change. There are moments where acceptance and adapting are necessary and good. But there is also time when it is just as necessary and good to stand still, take a breath, and hold on to what life is right now. There is a time to be as mountains are for winds.