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Walt Disney is given credit for an important one-liner: change is inevitable; growth is optional. Nancy Adler likens the challenge implied in this truth to a hot-air balloon ready for flight. The only thing preventing the balloonist’s soaring into the air is the load of sand ballast holding it down. We say we want to fly higher, to reach new physical, moral or spiritual perfections, but we hesitate to take the risk of putting aside old, growth-impeding habits. We fear to let go of the sand that binds us to the old ways, the old comforts. Change is inevitable, but it is also threatening, particularly if we don’t trust the ones with whom we are flying.

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