Change: The Great Liberator!

We’ve probably seen more change in our country’s cultural environment in the last three years than any of us have seen in our lifetimes.

As a result, all of us have been influenced both professionally and personally in ways that are not only very profound, but in some cases, ways that will last the rest of our lives. The author is certainly not excluded from this discussion. There are some perspectives that I’ve held for quite some time that will never be the same again, especially related to my family, my faith, and my future.

There is, however, one absolute that will never change and it is that change is constant and inevitable. Until the country’s financial collapse that began in November of 2008, I don’t think any of us really understood the depth and breadth of real change unless we’d been through a personal crisis that involved loss of life or a similar event. In fact, I think most of us approach change much like the obsessive compulsive detective in the television series, Monk. In one episode, he was asked “You don’t like change very much, do you, Monk?” His reply was “Oh no, I don’t mind change at all! I just don’t like to be around when it happens.” Well, in this case, none of us had a choice. We were all around when it happened, and we’ve all had to change in ways we never dreamed.

There is also one constant about change itself that will never exclude any of us, whether we’re around for it or not; we have a choice as to how we will respond! We can either choose to live in fear and resist change for everything we’re worth, or we can accept that change is inevitable and constant. We can choose to confront it on the appropriate level, consider that it might be the most liberating and potentially rewarding thing that ever happened, and move through it in the most positive, productive way possible.

Truth Be Told, there are some things that should never change; our love for our families, those core values that define our individual and collective character and culture, and our faith in a power far greater than any of us can conceive. Aside from those, everything else is up for consideration.

Published by The Leadership Consortium

Maxie Carpenter was formerly Vice President of HR & Talent Development for Wal-Mart Stores. After a 27-year career, he began to pursue a number of other interests, which included alternative education, nonprofits, consulting, writing and public speaking.

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