Change is not a static concept. It’s a politicised word, an emotionally loaded and politically engaged concept.
Conservative organisations and people who fear the future resist change. HR managers get trained to manage it, which in turn becomes the branded but somewhat ominous “change management”, a calculated process of minimising the damage impact of change on staff morale and other organisational outcomes during periods of re-organisation or marketplace uncertainty.
Similarly, people become very comfortable with The Known, the psychological space better known as a comfort zone. Even if the present isn’t great, it certainly looks less bad than the unknown and the discomfort associated with getting there.
Glancing at my dictionary (yes, that’s what writers do for angles), the bulk of the usage examples listed for change pertains to verbs, or actions. It talks about “changing things”, or “becoming different”.
Now here’s the trick: the significance of change lies in it actually happening, in the concept spilling over from a world of ideas into the real world. It is a conceptual medium, a matrix pregnant with possibility.
Let’s sound high-brow and call it something akin to metaphysical water.
If lots of water runs in the same direction or within the same parameters, with new water molecules constantly replacing the space taken up by old ones, we get a stream.
Because of this particle-to-space renewal, things stay fresh, and the stream becomes the backbone supporting an entire ecosystem. So if change actually happens – even if it is challenging to start with – flowers and trees can grow where once we only had comfortable moss on uncomfortable rocks to sit on (see above point about comfort zones).
And where streams of change converge, we get rivers; rivers that can significantly alter the landscape of resistance it confronts.
Armed with a well-directed force of engaged ideas, we can radically transform the way we, as a species, exist on this planet.
Reversing global warming starts with changing the way we think about our own environmental impact. But it doesn’t stop there.
The very essence of change lies in actions that transform perceptions and behaviours, in a perpetual “refreshing” of awareness, and in perpetually renewing our personal accountability. The key to igniting these changes is you.
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