Thousand Oaks and My Dislike of Change

This week I’ve had the pleasure of attending a training class in Thousand Oaks for a piece of software that is going to both make my life easier and more complicated at work. That, however, is not the story I really want to share. What I really want to talk about is Thousand Oaks.

I love T.O. I lived in T.O. for about a year of my life while I was working for Pepperdine University in Malibu. It was the first place I lived post graduation so it holds a special place in my heart.

Since I moved away from Thousand Oaks, I haven’t had much opportunity to come back, and naturally while I’ve been away a few things have changed. Most notably, the Christian book store I used to frequent is gone and the BBQ place I loved is now a Thai restaurant. These changes left me rather disappointed and caused me to realize something about myself. I’m not as opened to change as I thought I was.

I realize businesses come and go and that kind of change is to be expected. Really, I’m not that upset about that. What it caused me to realize, though, is that I have been semi-resistant to changes in a few other areas of my life, particularly at church.

You probably wouldn’t think that if you knew me. I’m generally opened to knew ideas and opinions, but lately there have been a few instances when I haven’t been as open minded as I probably should have been.

Photo: Joe Shlabotnik

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