Our society talks about change. Business books love to talk about change. Our new President even ran on a platform of “change we need.”
In a wonderful book I recently read entitled Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers, the author included the following quote that goes so eloquently to the heart of why change is so difficult:
It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between that we fear . . . . It’s like being between trapezes. It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There’s nothing to hold on to.
—Marilyn Ferguson in The Aquarian Conspiracy
One of my favorite quotes addresses that “in between,” that space between trapezes, and that brief moment when we are without our security blanket:
When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and you are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.
—Barbara J. Winter
Comforting words in uncertain times.
Charlie RoyMarch 21, 2009 10:04 am
A well thought out post. We are in the process of the beginning steps of adopting a new schedule and instructional model. The reaction to change is certainly entertaining to watch.