Sometimes change happens slowly and steadily, tiny step by tiny step, and we barely notice it. Things appear pretty much the same from one day to the next, as gradual change steadily unfolds around us. Sometimes however change is rapid and swift, sweeping through the known world, ripping it apart at the seams. Often though the cause of the seemingly rapid change was the convergence of many small pebbles. World War I changed our whole world 100 years ago, in ways we are still dealing with today, yet it’s beginning was the result of many small seeming inconsequential and unlinked events.
Change is all around us whether we notice it or not……converging into pivotal points in time within our lives, beyond which life never looks the same again. Finding ways to embrace the change can help us to move forwards into our unfolding lives despite the losses.
Click here for a fascinating article about the changes we are still feeling today
For the fact lovers the photo is taken in Princess Street Gardens in Edinburgh, and is part of ‘The Call 1914’, the Scottish American War Memorial. Paid for by American Scots to honour the bravery and losses of Scottish soldiers. It was designed by R Tait McKenzie, a Scottish Canadian who was teaching in the University of Pennsylvania. Written along its base is an extract from the poem ‘A Creed’, written by E A Mackintosh. He was a 23 year old ex-Oxford Classics student of Scottish descent who was killed in the 2nd battle of Cambrai in 1917.
” If it be life that waits, I shall live forever unconquered. If death I shall die at last strong in my pride and free.”
Over 100,000 Scots died fighting in WWI, alongside 53,000 Americans and 60,000 Canadians…..to name just a few.