A couple of months ago, I wrote about my New Year's resolution to try to better navigate change.

A couple of months ago, I wrote about my New Year's resolution to try to better navigate change.

I don't know if I am more aware of it since it is on my mind, but "change" seems to be everywhere.

I have sat transfixed by the hoopla in Wisconsin as Gov. Scott Walker attempts to institute change, as he addresses his state's $3.6 billion deficit. His plan includes state workers and teachers increasing how much they pay for their pensions and health insurance. Public workers' response: to storm the state capital en masse, forcing schools to close (and wreaking havoc for working parents).

Though uncomfortable, perhaps these changes make sense now that public employees' incomes in many cases exceed private sector salaries; now that the benefits public workers at one time received to level the playing field, now tip the scales even further out of balance.

We don't have the money to pay health-care and pension benefits to any public workers (including Gov. Walker), a point repeatedly raised by several BlackBerry Mom readers.

I am a huge proponent of education and social causes, and I write checks personally to support them when I can. But, when I can't afford to, I don't write the check.

I believe last weekend the House of Representatives refused to "write the check," too, when representatives passed a vote to cut $61 billion in federal spending. Programs I personally support will need to make major changes to survive funding cuts.

But I am choosing to focus on the good fortune that the programs have received public dollars as long as they did, because we were never really in a position to spend money we didn't have, no matter how good the cause. And now it is time to pay off the debt we have incurred, in all levels of government, and so everyone is talking about change.

We are talking locally about consolidating school districts and cutting team sports and specialty programs. Parents who are already overextended are trying to figure out how they will volunteer even more time and money for their children's education. And extracurricular programs that already suffer from a dearth of human and financial resources fear even less assistance from parents.

But change creates the opportunity to rip apart the standardized education system that was designed to train farmers and factory workers, and make it work for the 21st century. Home-schooled children could be educated via Skype rather than districts paying private tutors. Teachers could educate students in the summer — now that kids don't need to be home to plow.

As those in power fight to make hard changes that they believe will be in the best interest of the country, the state, the small towns, and the people who live in them, I hope those of us who will need to live with the changes are able to accept and adjust to them graciously.

Allison Berman, an artist and mother of two, handpaints custom accessories for interior designers and private customers. View her collection at withlovealib.com. She can be reached at info@withlovealib.com. Her column appears Sundays.