By Jean Ricot Dormeus
The metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly epitomizes the power of change. We often admire the difference in shape, size or color. However, going from a crawling creature to a flying beauty alone causes wonder. This change process entails discomfort and requires time for the insect to adjust to its environment at each stage.
Human life also induces continuous movement and change. The knowledge and skills that had propelled our forefathers to success might not apply to our current reality. Even the competences associated with our university degrees or certificates carry an implicit date of expiration, unless we keep learning and updating.
Change may inspire fear or anxiety, because of the uncertainty it begets. Change often presents a set of complexities. Change requires flexibility or adaptability. For these reasons, we tend to resist it, as we enjoy the comfort of safety in our known zones.
When we resist change, we miss the opportunities it offers, as they disguise in challenges. We cannot reach our lofty goals without embracing change and taking advantage of it. However, this attitude comes with a price in the form of preparation and self development.
Self development, through continuous learning, equips us with the tools we need to anticipate and make the best of change. Even to keep performing at the same level at work, we need to follow a learning and updating process. Therefore, we must invest time and enthusiasm in preparing for future change and in inching closer to our vision for ourselves and our communities.
Change doesn't have to be scary. Let's see it through a positive lens. Let's keep updating and strengthening our spirituality, knowledge base and skills to welcome it and thrive with it.
Jean Ricot Dormeus
Check out my book “Land of Dormant Dreams - A Walk into the Future” for more tips on developing self and nation.