Thank you Sylvia and all the otheres who have made comment so far. One of the greates problems we have today is the fact that we fail to listen to what others have to say and at the same time to realise they are entitled to their opinions. There are, in reality - no rights or wrongs! Each one is entitled to an opinion and we as individuals need to respect this. In many instances this will require a change of thinking. We should ponder the words of Sir Lawrence Olivier in "Time Theme"
If your thinking is in order,
your words will flow directly from the heart
creating ripples of love.
If you truly want to change your world, my friends,
you must change your thinking.
Reason is your greatest tool
it creates an atmosphere of understanding,
which leads to caring which is love.
We all need to realise that the one thing we have absolute control over is your attitude. But are we prepared to change????
Excellent Article, Congrats!
Change management is one thing that must be taught to every professional, and if feasible to every adult, in every field. Change is not only inevitable, but at times, it is desired too, for avoiding falling into trap of complacency.
Very thought-inspiring, wise comments, thank you Des. We need to concentrate on how we think about things rather than be negative about them. I especially love that little verse that reminds us to change what we can, leave what we cannot do anything about alone and have the wisdom to know the difference (obviously not the real words, but a little paraphrase of how I tend to live my life). I guess a bit of wisdom comes with age. Alan Paton said you cannot be as angry at 40/50/ etc. as you were at 30!
I like your comments Des, resistance to change is a hard wired human characteristic, implicit in change is a decision-making activity, without which doing what you have been doing for however long will be perpetuated.
I wish I had made the quote; "if you feel a resistance to change - stop pushing" lovely isn't it?
What it does is to remind us that we are here, now, as a result of such resistances.
Most people are not "changers" most of us are followers. So it essential that our leadership possesses sufficient capacity as well as initiative to have some visionary "pull" that can translate into the nature of information that enables us to make the decision to change.
Marketeers talk of the FOMO (fear of missing out) effect, this has been used over eons to manipulate Homo sapiens, but even this ra ra ra type approach must still pass through some cognitive activity, albeit briefly.
So, resistance o change will always be with us (hopefully) making us check the next step, forcing us to hesitate when looking out of our ancestral caves, creep forth as hunter gatherers, pause at the onset of the Industrial revolution, resist despotic leadership, reflect our impact on planet earth, cautiously consider where we might be heading, a mono cultured civilisation eating mono-cultured food??????
We must must do all the things we have been doing but with circumspection, and look at the responsibilities that Des so well describes.