Motion Sickness

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Hello again.

I don’t know about you but it seems like the world is moving faster and faster.

Sometimes I think it would be nice to be able to push the pause button on life, catch my breath, get my bearings and press start again.

But… we can’t.

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“The only problem with life is that it’s so constant.”

- Unknown

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That’s the thing about something that is constant. It’s relentless.  It never stops.  There is no end.

You cannot fight something that’s constant… well… on second thought you can fight it… but you’ll lose.

Over time we either are worn down, worn out or we learn how to take the thing that is constant and use it to our favor.

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Constant dripping hollows out a stone.
- Lucretius
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I heard someone say onetime that there are three Universal constants – Change, Changelessness and Choice.

I think these three things are worth poking at for a while because they impact virtually every aspect of our lives.

In fact, I will make a pretty bold statement.

To the degree we understand them, accept them, and know how best to interface with these constants determines our level of happiness, fulfillment and success.

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CHANGE

Let’s face it… we live in a constant state of change.

As much as we want things to remain the same, change is inevitable.

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“It’s hard for me to get use to these changing times.  I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.”

- George Burns

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Those of you who are parents can relate to what I am about to say.  There are times when you are with your child and you wish you could stop time and capture the moment.

But the reality is, moments are fleeting.

Those special times evaporate quickly and what remains are a few mementos and the memories.

It’s sort of like a ring in the bathtub.  We know that something was there, something happened and all we have is the residue.

The interesting thing about memories is that we don’t tend to remember the details, we remember the emotions… the way we felt.

Life, our bodies, our families, our work, everything is in a continual state of motion.  Yes, the speed of motion will vary but motion none-the-less.

We can fight change… but change wins.

Yes, change is tiring.  It’s relentless and we all suffer from change fatigue.

The key to dealing with change is to be on the front end of change, not the back end.

Being on the front end of change allows you to help guide it to your benefit.  I see this in companies all the time.

A company will fight an industry or societal change and before you know it… you’re irrelevant.

Kodak is a perfect example.  They led the field of photography but ended up on the back end of change in a digital world.

The same is true for us personally.  We either flow with change and grow, or we fight it and get the crap beat out of us.

Humm… I don’t know about you but I’ll take the first option.

Over the next couple of blogs I plan to unpack the other two constants… that is… unless something changes.

See you Thursday.

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