23 09 2015

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The change of season finds me looking hard at other changes in my life – some happening outside my control and others that I need to make happen.

Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. – Francis Bacon

Today,  I’m thinking of what lies ahead for an organization to which I have belonged for many years. We are faced with the unsatisfactory result of failing to heed Francis Bacon’s admonition.

We have, as with many groups, accepted the flat refrain of the veteran. “We always done (fill in the blank) this way.” That has not been good for us. Now, we’re hearing the rallying cry of the rookie. “Let’s change (fill in the blank – usually with some form of the word “everything.)” That brings its own problems.

Our fathers valued change for the sake of its results; we value it in the act. – Alice Meynell

When change is necessary – as it often truly is – it must be considered and deliberate.

 Unfortunately, when we are forced to see the precariousness of our situation, we are apt to leap wildly from one idea to another; to switch strategies without weighing consequences; to adjust the sail without checking the compass.

All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.– Ellen Glasgow

When we are certain that “something’s got to be done,” sometimes the first thing to do is to STOP for a moment. Stand still long enough to understand where we are and where we want to go and to reorient ourselves with that information.

Accidents close highways. Construction forces detours. Transportation costs fluctuate. There are many factors that must be weighed to develop an alternate route to our destination. The most important of those, however, is where do we want to go?

Only when we agree on the destination, can we make meaningful and useful changes to our course. We’d better make sure, too, that when we hit that toll booth, we have the correct change.





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