Change Is Good

I am slow to change. I changed jobs voluntarily once in 27 years. I just changed my hair style for the first time in over 20 years. You get the picture.

I know intellectually that embracing change is good. Heck, it is going to happen anyway whether you embrace it or not. Some of the happiest people I know have reinvented themselves at work several times.

We also tend to like change in others–as long as they conform to what we want them them to be. Then we can really embrace change–your change. That is why I very much enjoyed the January 3rd edition of the comic Pardon My Planet. I was unfamiliar with the comic. It runs in the Chicago paper that I do not read but luckily for me also in the Honolulu Advertiser.

Unfortunately the website is a month behind or I would print the specific comic. Picture a man and a woman, he in his late 50s she in her late fouties. they are well dress, sitting at a small round table in a fancy restaurant, holding hands. She looks at him and says, “Actually, I’m not afraid of change – I embrace change, I crave change. Especially if its changing something back to the way I wanted it in the first place.”

Now that’s my kind of change! (Actually I hope you are picking up on the sarcasm.)

Too often this is how people think of change. Too often this is how organizations (perhaps work/bosses) think of change.

It is soooo very easy for us to see the change needed in others, obvious really. Not so easy to see the need to change ourselves.

One last perspective on change from early SNL.

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2 Responses to Change Is Good

  1. pax romano says:

    Rick,

    I try, oh how I TRY to embrace change – I think of that line from that old Jefferson Airplane song, “Life is change, how it differs from the rocks” (which I think might have been lifted from the bible or something). But it does not help, I rage against change often.

    But the older I get, the more I understand that what is going to happen (for the most part) is going to happen, no matter how I feel.

    Oh, and I want fifty pennies and two quarters for my dollar.

  2. 48facets says:

    Pax,
    It good to know that I am not alone in the universe on this.
    I could not decide whether to make this a short and pithy comment on change or a longer philosophy post so I opted for neither but closed with a joke.
    That SNL short has always been a smile to me ever since I first saw it.

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