Food 4 Thought from four4soaring
We don’t have to change, we GET TO change.
The brevity of that mantra and the substitution of the words “get to” for “have to” or “must” evokes anticipation, engagement, and action.
At least it feels like that is what the “influencers” and leaders who started introducing this “get to” language intended?
We “get to” engage.
We “get to” be excited.
We “get to” be who we were born to be.
What happens when the change is so successive and rapid that we feel like Henry and his wife, Clare, from The Time Traveler’s Wife*, constantly being plucked and tossed from one brand new set of circumstances and times to the other?
What becomes of us when we are trying to make out of that “tossing” a coherent life and determine a path forward from what feels like an endless litany of random glimpses, incomplete information and disjointed encounters?
…or more comedically, what happens when we feel like: Adam Sandler in Click or Brendan Fraser who wakes up after being frozen in Encino Man (or growing up in a bomb shelter as in Blast from the Past?) Where is our Pauly Shore to help navigate the 90’s Encino, California high school scene?
As a child of the 80’s I remember characters like Saturday morning cartoon’s Captain Caveman or SNL’s beloved Phil Hartman as Caveman Lawyer who seemingly couldn’t adjust to life in modern times after being thrust into the modern age.
Even as we strive to move through our pandemic and post-pandemic transformations, we learn that change is much more than just a major upheaval that will have some finite end to it. As we absorb the way the world is morphing around us, we begin to realize that rapid iteration is a fact of life, much like our friend Henry in the Time Traveler’s Wife or our more comedic buddies from the 80’s and 90’s.
We also recognize every day that we are not going back to a time when things were simpler. No, we are stuck in continuous “change mode.” Often, just getting our bearings before we get whisked away to the next radical scene.
I suppose the way to address this is to look for the constants?
What are the continuous threads we can hold onto just as Henry clings to his wife and daughter?
I like to think we have two amazing anchors to grab hold of – and if you have been reading this food 4 thought thing for a while you will find them familiar:
Purpose and Community
George Bernard Shaw said it this way:
How do we become the splendid torch when the winds of change and the seas of ambiguity threaten to put our flame out on a daily basis?
I’d like to suggest that if we are going to embrace Shaw’s mantra and master our ride along the waves of change – we must bring our entire selves to the table to do it.
That means we need to step back and take stock of ourselves.
For this food 4 thought, we need to ask ourselves :
- Are we being true to our calling?
- Are we acting like the person we get to be?
- Are we fully realizing our gifts and talents?
- Are we bringing our whole self to every endeavor, every encounter, every conversation, and every relationship?
- Are we like Shaw’s “clod of ailments and grievances?”
- Are we languishing in who we “have to” be?
- Are we holding back our best selves in protest?
Are we looking to find purpose in the midst of change and striving to do for the community what we can?
I know easy to say and harder to do. I find this very challenging as well, but I feel we have to try!
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