“Life is change; growth is optional.” – Peter Watson (Astrologer)
Change is a topic I often post about – rapid as everyone claims or slow and gradual?
Saturday morning I read a post (Will You Be Ready?) from one of my favorite bloggers, Tanveer Naseer, a leadership coach from Montreal. Tanveer had the opportunity recently to make a commencement speech at a regional high school. His speech addressed how this generation of students, the next wave, has grown up in a world where change not only has been grand in size, but great in speed. Consequently, change is a new constant, quoting Tanveer.
Later in the weekend I visited the National Constitutional Center here in Philadelphia to view the extraordinary exhibit “The 1968 Exhibit.” Let me try and summarize what happened back in 1968. Our country was overwhelmed by the war in Vietnam; struggling with civil rights, women’s lib, and migrant workers rights (Cesar Chavez); experiencing a new culture of drugs, rock & roll and sex; witnessed the assassinations of MLK, RFK as well as riots in Chicago during the Democratic Convention. I was a teenager back then. I remember it all very clearly, turbulent times, except I was too engrossed by Major League Baseball, the Year of the Pitcher.
After viewing the exhibit I asked myself what is different about the change we witnessed back in 1968 compared to the students Tanveer addressed in Montreal. Have they witnessed change in the last five years, greater than what I witnessed back in 1968? I concluded: change is change; change is a constant in everyone’s life, whether it is rapid or slow and gradual. As I stated in my blink: “Life is change; growth is optional.” If your goal is to grow, the key will be to adapt!