Tilt-A-Whirl World

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Hello.  It’s good to have you pop in and visit for a while.

I don’t know about you but sometimes my head starts spinning with all the changes around me.  Whew. 

Sometimes it feels like I am on a societal tilt-a-whirl spinning round and round.  The only scary news is that this tilt-a-whirl doesn’t stop to let you get off.  Is it a constant spin with no end.  In fact, it is only speeding up.

Side Note:  One memory I would like to forget involves a tilt-a-whirl.  I was eighteen and took a girl on a first date to Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park near Chattanooga, Tennessee.

As you can see I was a cool dude… uh… maybe dud would be a better descriptor. 

Yes, the story is pretty predictable.  Being the “live on the edge” kind of guy we took the tilt-a-whirl for a… spin (sorry I just had to say it).  Well as you can guess the spinning got to me and I threw up. 

Let us just say, it was not a pretty sight.  And yes, it was a short and only date.  As a tip for future reference… tacos and tilt-a-whirls don’t mix.

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Anyway, I digress.

The world is whirling and changing so fast it’s hard to keep up.  I barely get my bearings and things change again.

I know change is going to occur.  We’re assured of that.  It’s the velocity that gets to me. 

I ran across some quotes that I found quite interesting.

“A new factor, that of rapid change, has come into the world. We have not yet learned how to adjust ourselves to its economic and social consequences.”

“The world is too big for us. There is too much doing, too many crimes, casualties, violence, and excitements. Try as you will, you get behind the race despite yourself. It is an incessant strain to keep pace and still you lose ground. Science empties its discoveries on you so fast that you stagger beneath them in hopeless bewilderment. The political world witnesses new scenes so rapidly that you are out of breath trying to keep up with them.”

“All is flux, nothing stays still.”

As you can see, we are not the only ones that struggle with the constant, speeding change.  But there is something interesting about these insights that I quoted above.

The first comment was written in the page of Harvard Business Review by Wallace Donham in 1932. The second one comes from the Atlantic Journal in 1837. The last remark was made by the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, five hundred years before the birth of Christ.

Humm, I guess this “change” thing has been a nuisance for a while. 

I think we need to hang on, enjoy the ride and try not to fight the current. 
See you Monday.

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