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.