As many of you, I find myself at a crossroad of sorts with adapting to the inevitable changes that always seem to come at the most inopportune moments in life. In my experience, most people tend to say that they are more than willing to embrace change. However, as Arnold H. Glasow put it, “The trouble with the future is that it usually arrives before we’re ready for it.”
Having said all that, what are my options then?
If I try to ignore the situation, change will slam into me and knock me down. Getting angry won’t make it go away and in fact, my temper typically makes things worse. Wishful thinking is a waste of time, so I can’t sit around thinking and talking about “the good old days” with hope they’ll return. I can’t even run away from it, because there’s no place I can run that’s beyond the range of change.
So, I might as well face the problems and find the opportunities. How I think, and how I act, will likely become the most important thing I can do during a time like this. Obviously, I will not be able to control everything that happens to me. But, I am in complete control of how I respond to what happens. One of my favorite quotes by John Wooden says, “Things turn out the best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”
This is an age of instability, where managing change is everybody’s job. Think of it as your personal assignment to embrace change. And if nothing else, ponder this quote by Garrison Keillor, “Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.” Try reading that as fast as you can out loud three times!