CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGE – NEEDED CHANGE
Like a lot of my BEAMS. This is for you but also
something I am working on myself. Candidly, I
have been through some act of God experiences
that most people will never have to endure. And
for you I am glad. But these experiences have made
me stronger but a little more clingy to stability and
less prone the engage in “the way out.” And this
comes from a guy who was Mr. Way Out; afraid
My friend Steve Gutzler @SteveGutzler
called me “Slam” and I have lived up
to my name.. Used to be that you
better have rubber floors, if you
invited me into a China shop.
Still. Even though I have a fighter’s heart; I am
starting to wonder if I haven’t let just a little
complacency set in. Don’t get me wrong. The
words stillness, simplicity & plain truth mean
a lot to me today. And I am not going to sacrifice
them for anything. —– Yet, the spectre that I
could let some apathy slip in the door is a ghost
I will not let stay.
I guess the 2012 new year started it, when I
did my annual review. Even though I view
change for me, as more of a natural progression
now; than a revolutionary course shift (that’s
already done). — I still know that change is in the
cards for me if I am to remain relevant in
professional and personal development.
I think the major foundation
that must be a definite solid
structure in my own change is
motive & clarity. Change for change is most times
un-needed and unproductive. Change for Good.
Thats what I am after.
Every good change must be built on something.
Don’t throw the Baby out with bath water, as the
old saying goes. Even if you feel that you are building
a foundation. The foundation itself must be built on
something. Roots must run deep; if the tree is to
I like often to consider the
thoughts of the young about change.
Yet, it is evident most times when
I do that lack of experience and wisdom
hinders their outlook and they don’t even know it.
The key seems to be: not to lose the capacity to change
like the young, while still harvesting the lessons of
experience. That is the goal.
(& if you are young, I suggest you read the opinions
of the old; like I do yours, to gain balance).
We must Change the oil. Not change the car.
Just the oil.. Change the way you do it. The
way you look at it. Not the motor itself
usually. The need for change should not be
confused with restlessness. Which turns
into never being focused enough to grow
where you are at. Your major life changes
should be few and extremely well aimed.
Yet, your daily changes must be just that =
DAILY. Otherwise old turns to cold and
wisdom turns to numb & dumb.
Ever noticed,The fresh child like eyes
of infants and how adept they are to
change. Because for a child, to grow; change
is a must. Even as an adult change is
required for continued growth. But hopefully
the change is not always re-inventing the
wheel and changes improve the structure,
instead of always moving out of the house.
One of the best friends I have had in this
life was a man I worked for several years.
He is deceased now. But the lessons he
taught me, live on. I will never forget
Wolfgang Hafele saying “I know that I
Wolfgang had an uncanny problem solving
ability. He could look at a situation as if it was
brand new, as if he had never looked at it before.
He could view it upside down, inside out and
totally new ways; because he threw out all the
givens and looked at it totally fresh. (Almost
like a child). Solving each problem in business
was obviously an adventure that he enjoyed.
I miss Wolfgang but I still continue to benefit
from this lesson that he taught me.
I read today a great quote that emphasizes
what I am trying to say about needed change.
“Even good principles can sometimes be
displaced by the discovery of still better ones.”
Another of my friends pointed out how we are
likely to become irrelevant in this day, if we do
not change in the following words:
“but this is 2012 peeps, and the world is a very
big place. It is so big, in fact, that I can’t possibly
go and make friends all over the world from
different walks of life.
The Internet has made this possible for me “