n. the act or instance of making or becoming different
I know what you’re thinking.
You’re thinking that I haven’t blogged in a while because I have been procrastinating. (If you remember, the theme of procrastination began this whole Blah Blah Blog thing in the first place.)
But nope. If you are thinking that, you are incorrect. I haven’t been procrastinating. I have been thinking. There’s a difference.
The difference is that procrastination is the intention to do something and never getting around to it, or putting it off for tomorrow or the next day or never, and just shutting down. Thinking about things is something that is productive. Thinking, I think, is an integral part of the creative process.
Just ask me.
A few weeks ago, I sat with my friend, Kathie. We were having coffee in Starbucks and she was telling me about a business idea she had and what her plans were to bring it to life. Kathie is very smart and has great ideas, and her business plan is no exception. That said, she is also one of the more practical people I know, and we ended our conversation with her admitting that if things didn’t take off within the first year she would go back to the beginning.
“You have to be flexible,” she said.
The word flexible stopped me in my tracks (ironic, yes). And, for me, those words led to a lot of thinking about change.
That is today’s word. Change. I think we are all so afraid of it. Sometimes the idea of change just rocks our worlds. If we are given the choice to change or not, we often don’t. The unknown is just too scary. When change is forced upon us, we are often left in a tizzy. The unknown is still scary, but this time we have no choice.
What is the expression? That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger? When you think about that, those words are likely describing moments in our lives when we will be called upon to live life on the fly. To be flexible. To embrace change.
Anyone who knows my wordy product knows that lately things look a bit different. After leaving Kathie that day, I walked away from things for a bit to think and reflect. Some things just weren’t right. Now I am back and excited about some new ideas down the road.
It was also a great lesson, well beyond a small business. Being flexible and open to change should be part of our life’s repertoire. Being stuck in a rut is a drag.
Novelist C.S. Lewis once said: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
Love that. What new ending will you begin to create today?