"The roads of evolution are strewn with the bones of creatures that could not survive in the next environment."
First, let’s make it clear that our quote for today is not intended to create any theological debate. Far from it. This quote touches us all in every facet of our lives. Truly. Let’s just do a little swap of words, “life” for “evolution” and “people” for “creatures”. Is that more palatable? And concerning? It should be. And this is the season for recognition.
Yesterday we celebrated “graduation Sunday” for our grads. Graduations happen all over the country at this time of year in a season that lasts about a month, kind of like strawberries. Graduations used to lead to the step of skill development then straight into job satisfaction for a lifetime. Precious few among us, though, live that life now or have for the past 30 years. That life is gone but how many of us were prepared for the life of constant change? Bones are everywhere. We celebrate our graduates and send them into a system that prepares them for one job; the bones of the system will be evident soon. My point is that whatever comes next will either be a reaction to or improvement of what just was. It will not repeat itself. Who among us will be prepared?
· Sears will join the pile of bones soon enough, along with Xerox, Kodak, Blockbuster and Polaroid.
· Notice the visceral reactions to driverless cars and sustainable energy.
· Underneath the unemployment numbers is a silent throng of people who quit rather than change.
I’m celebrating neither success nor failure, only recognizing the powerful momentum of change. When you see a system repeating itself, or a person holding on to one model or way, start digging a grave. Does that scare you? I hope not. I hope it encourages you to embrace life as it comes, not as you want it to be. Old bones like mine often struggle to dance but they will die when they refuse to move. Dance with the changing times and live. I have faith you can do it. And have a great week.