Nothing is Forever

Lessons from my father, part 2.

Nothing is forever. It was my Dad’s favorite saying. As a kid, I thought it meant I can get through any class, any frustrating situation, because it wouldn’t last. Nothing is forever.

Think about it now. Certainly it applies to man-made things, products that wear out sooner than later. What else does it relate to? relationships? projects? work? organizations?

Let’s ask the opposite – what is forever? Change. It’s the one constant, as certain as death and taxes. Being able to be flexible, adjustable, adaptable, agile. To bounce up and change, much like a GPS will reprogram you if you get off course.

I don’t know if anyone measures the speed of change. I remember seeing a comic of a “computer bakery” with fresh made and “Day old, half-price!” Change in some areas is faster than we think.   Wonder how fast? Check out this video from Youtube.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFZ0z5Fm-Ng

So what should we do? Prepare ourselves. Stay in a  constant learning mode. It isn’t bad, it’s just different. It’s good to get out of a rut, a pattern. Go with the flow. Think about evolution – if we (and life) didn’t adapt over time, we might not even be here!

So do all you can to embrace change. Find simple ways to practice: change you radio station, take a different way to work, switch your routine for getting ready, read something different, watch something different, learn a new skill or hobby. Not only will these things open you up more to change, the side benefits can prove most beneficial.

Nothing is forever. Thanks Dad.

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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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