Before I left for Laos, one of my friends told me that the autumn leaves must be real pretty in Laos since it’s fall.  I thought to myself then that we don’t have fall in Laos, but sure enough, these trees leaves start changing color to bright red, I’ve never seen leaves this color before.

Tree in Laos

Tree in Laos

Autumn leaves in Laos

One of my co-workers gave me a newsletter to read that she received in the mail written by Adult Specialty Team Life Program, Inc., and I thought it’s interesting and amazed of all the changes.

Change. What does change exactly mean? Change means different things to each of us. Sometimes we realize change may be hard to adapt or easy for others to accept. We begin to change from birth to the day we transition from this earth. As we mature, not only do we change physically, emotionally but psychologically as well. So what I am trying to articulate in an odd manner is change is based on your perception and how you react to the environment based upon life experiences. You learn to cope, deal with, simply ignore or suppress stressors that may have detrimental consequences to your well-being. The important thing to remember about change, it is inevitable.

Let’s look at the United States for instance, things have changed tremendously since the 1900’s. Daily life is totally different from 100 years ago. Here are some interesting facts of the U.S. Statistics for the year 1907:

  • The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years old.
  • Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
  • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
  • A three minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
  • The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
  • The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour.
  • A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year, a dentist made $2,500 per year, a veterinarian $1,500 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
  • More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.
  • There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
  • Two out of every ten U.S. Adults couldn’t read or write.
  • Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
  • Five leading causes of death in the U.S. were: pneumonia and influenza, tuberculosis, diarrhea, heart disease and stroke.
  • Most women washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
  • There were about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.!

As we reflect over the previous 100 years in the United States, we can see that tremendous change has occurred. The tremendous change however, did not come without individual change and sacrifice as well. We look back over our own lives remembering trials and tribulations and how we have changed over the past year. A new year is approaching, a time of anticipation filled with transformation, reflection, appreciation and a time for a fresh new start. This is an opportunity to start a new chapter in our individual book of life. Change will come and go in each and every one of our lives. How will you embrace it this year?

Yep, I want to say the same thing, I could not have said it better myself, and I want to share this with everyone. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.


  1. For me, I’m afraid of changes. I like to do the things I’m used; I am the same person I was 20 years ago….

    However……. eventhough I’m afraid of it, I find myself always changing for the better.


  2. lady0fdarkness, how odd, I’m the same way. I’ve been blogging for 2 years now, and have never changed my theme. My furniture arrangement is the same as the day that I moved in, and my sisters can’t stand it, they move theirs very often.

    But even though I don’t like change, I find myself accepting and adapting to the changes around me because life goes on. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

  3. Happy new year, Ginger. Knowing you and your blog has given me so much knowledge about Laos and the areas you write about, and I am convinced that knowledge is the best way to create peace and harmony among all people. I wish you and your family all the best.

  4. Giiid, thank you for your kind word, I think we all learn from each other, and your blog has made me realized how beautiful simple things are.

    GraceanneGrateful, thank you, and I also want to wish your a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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