I do follow elections in many countries, but at the risk of sounding chauvinistic, it was the outcome of the U.S. election — that is, the victory of Barack Obama – that captured headlines around the world. While I have no comments on the how and why of this win—there is enough material out there to keep you reading for a lifetime—I actually do have an opinion (we can add it to the beer conversation I promised last week); I would like to follow up on the idea of change and where change leads.
Whatever one’s politics, position, thinking, or affiliations, one must acknowledge that the presidential election was all about change—but now what? What happens after you vote for change? Cast your ballot for transformation? Raised your hand for revolution?
We are in a situation, globally, of persistent inertia, and if all of us don’t actively and aggressively shake the tree of the passive status quo, we will be in this
position for a long, long time. We need to shake this inertia tree until the roots rock and the leaves fall off and we feel the wind of our efforts—or we will be sitting in the false shade watching the world go by and wondering why we got left behind.
There are so many quotes to share on this topic, but two got me really excited and inspired my soapbox. Both, I felt, completed my thought from last week. So consider this a doubleheader:
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
~John F. Kennedy
Think about that. If we fail to apply this “law of life” to what we do, what our clients expect, and what we expect from each other, our friends and family, then we will remain sitting under the inertia tree alone—or with rather boring company…
On the other hand, here’s a sure-fire way to get the ball rolling:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world: indeed it’s the only thing that ever has!”
So find those people, commit yourself and join in. Or it will get mighty lonely under that tree— or maybe worse: you will get bored to death!
What do you think?