Thriving on change

Several years ago there was a book written called Thriving on Chaos. I think another word for chaos, and one perhaps easier to take, is change. It’s part of today’s world. We saw a marvelous example of it this week with a change in administrations in Washington. All of a sudden, hope, opportunity, a brighter future and people of all kinds came together to celebrate a remarkable end to the Obama transition and the beginning of a new era in DC.

Yet all change doesn’t need to be so dramatic (or traumatic, depending on your political stripes). I once worked with a window manufacturing plant whose employee was undergoing “severe” change because they flipped the assembly line 180 degrees. Just turned it around. And that was too much for him.

We all have different thresholds of change acceptance and adaptability. And whatever we can do to provide “room for change” in our lives, and to accept that change, will make life much easier for us. For if we can accept change, we can thrive on change.

What’s change to you? A break in the routine? Learning a new software? Moving? Eating something different, reading a different style of book or listening to different music? Whatever it is, one thing change does is it broadens us. It opens us up to all types of new adventures, some which we will be thankful for, and some which we’ll reject and say “been there, done that.”

So my thought for today – because change is also learning – is to open yourself up to change. Try something new. Drive a different way to work. Change the radio station. Not forever, but once in a while. As you introduce, and accept, new experiences in your life, you’ll get better at adapting to, accepting, and indeed, thriving on change.

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About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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