A compendium of wisdom
“Change is not merely necessary to life—it is life.” That’s Alvin Toffler, characteristically stating the profound in a profoundly direct way. And yes, even when we see change coming—as we’re about to graduate from school, take a new job, get married—it’s still not so easy to accept. And when we don’t see it coming—oof, we have an even harder time. Here to help us embrace change and defuse its unsettling power is Change Happens, a full-color illustrated gift book to consult, to share, to give, and to keep on a night table. Curated by Kathryn and Ross Petras, the ultimate connoisseurs of quotes whose books and calendars have over 4.5 million copies in print, these words of wisdom inspire us to be open to change and remind us that nothing positive in life ever happens without it.
Arranged alphabetically by subject—including Adapting, Curveballs, Faith, Letting Go, Regrets, Second Chances, Vulnerability—it’s a book to turn to in moments of need, when offering advice to a friend or loved one, when urging a child to find the courage to take a step, when marking an important occasion:
“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf.”—JON KABAT-ZINN
“The changes we dread most may contain our salvation.”—BARBARA KINGSOLVER
“The future will soon be a thing of the past.”—GEORGE CARLIN
“Without change, something sleeps inside of us and seldom awakens.”—FRANK HERBERT
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”—MAYA ANGELOU