The past posts focus on the dysfunctionality of our institutions. However, institutions are reflections of the society that creates them. Therefore, as human institutions, change impacts their viability. The purpose of institutions are not just the product of their leaders. Institutions do not exist for themselves. When their leadership is out of touch with the signs of the times, they will defend what is indefensible, change. This is the reality of change. It is no longer necessary to complain about this situation. The time is now to understand how to breathe life into essential institutions and retire the irrelevant ones.
The world is in constant change. Everything around is changing and this change is reality. Either you embrace change as growth and opportunity, or you hide. Hiding does not stop change it just keeps you from being alive. Life itself is change. Participate with the vitality of progress. It is impossible to stop the train it has left the station. Lamenting its disappearance over the horizon will not bring it back. Your first step in accepting reality is to acknowledge that change is normal and healthy.
Your second step is to greet change and determine how you can integrate this fundamental law of nature to your advantage. This means acceptance and action. You must do something. While change is not an option, your growth is. Nikos Kazantzakis offers you the ultimate change advice. “Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.” The element of change involves the socio-economic circumstances. Humans continue to evolve when they accept the diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, and faith traditions. Open your eyes to this diversity because it has the power to understand these changes. Blindness occurs when your peripheral vision is limited. A parochial worldview constrains the horizon open to new possibilities.
Change can be scary if you let it. Your amygdala is sensitive to your survival. Negative stimuli triggers it to fight-or-flight. Avoid the Chicken Little paranoia. Leaders scared by change, frequently because of its threat to their comfort zones; use the sky is falling hysteria. This will cloud your vision, and send you down the Alice in Wonderland Rabbit Hole. Keep your eyes open to reality.