I’ve often discussed differences between people, as if everyone falls into two groups, sometimes three. I know that’s an overly simplistic view, but stay with me …
For example, ‘the world is divided into two groups – those who think, and those who don’t’. Those who worry and those who don’t. Get me meaning?
I’ve got a new one.
Those who love change and those who hate change; and change-deniers who, much like the climate change deniers and holocaust deniers – too tiny a portion of the populating getting too much attention.
First, let us recognize that change is present in nearly everything. The only difference is timeline. Earth landscapes, mountains and rivers change over millions of years. Many things today seem to change in nanoseconds.
Second, let us ask the question of whether adapting to change (versus resisting it) contributes to better health, quality of life and happiness? Or not? Or if change is inevitable, that we can’t impact it no matter how hard we think, or wish …
The older we get, I believe there is a tendency to be more resistant to change than we have been – and I’m in favour of flipping that around. If we are going to be relevant, vital and ‘part of the world’ in the future, we have to get into the mainstream of thought, ideas and change. Get it, use it, leverage it, let it empower our lives – our best defense. Not against aging, but against becoming completely irrelevant. And, it is abundantly clear to me that when we surrender relevance, we lose complete control over our lives. As Churchill reminded us, ‘never surrender – never!’