Talk about change! I’ve never been shy about embracing change – just ask my former team mates, they’ll tell you some stories. But even I have my limits.. and if you ask my right and left hands, they’ll tell you I don’t like change at all. The secret, though, is that it isn’t the change, it is the process of change I value.
For example, in the past 6 months I have regretfully said goodbye to my favorite job so far, finished my MA degree, adopted a baby and now, because of that new family member, going back to work in a fantastic new job. That’s enough for 3 years, let alone 6 months, and yet I inevitably orchestrate this type of evolution in my life. I suspect this is not out of boredom or need to shake the tree, but because new challenges keep me motivated, help me focus; when I don’t have movement my little grey cells tend to stagnate.
The danger, though (and you knew there would be some) is that it is easy to get addicted to change for change’s sake. Companies do this all the time, mistaking agitation for forward progress. So while there is tremendous value in playing fruit basket upset once in awhile, if you find that you, your family, or your company is doing this often there is probably a deeper truth here to look at. Something having to do with a clear sense of direction and purpose. It might be time for a deep breath, some soul searching, and to think about making the change within you, not the circumstances of your life.
Now I am going to go load the dishwasher with one hand and make toast with the other, while I rock the baby’s chair with my foot.