25 Apr Surfing the change wave
It is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.’ Charles Darwin
Change is inevitable, particularly for people who are trying new things or leading a project, team or organisation. Nature shows us this, with its cycles and death and new beginnings. Change, is part of the process. Nothing ever stays the same, despite our best hopes that they will.
And thus we must find ways to be ok with change.
When I first left employment, I had a humongous amount of learning to do around the level of change that comes with self-employment. It felt like things were laid out in a certain way in the Bird calendar at the beginning of each week, and by the end of the week it was completely unrecognisable because so much shifted as the days ticked by.
Four years later, things are still just as ever changing and uncertain, running an organisation will always be like that. But the thing that has altered, is my ability to be with it all.
I now find myself almost calm in the face of change, I expect it, I know it will come, and I have faith that I will be ok with whatever the future looks like. I surf the change wave, and have even found ways to laugh at how much the pieces can move in any given day.
Overall I now navigate life with a kind of relaxed intention. I intend for things to happen, but I am relaxed when they don’t. I have faith that things overall, will turn out well.
Surfing the wave of change is a challenge, but in the long run it affords a more at-peace, optimistic, resilient life.
Sending love as always, Hannah and Team Bird
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