Unexpected change. Isn’t that the the worst kind? You don’t know it’s coming, you’re given little time to prepare, and suddenly you’re in the middle of it.
A few weeks ago I found myself in the middle of one of those unexpected changes. After almost twelve years of service to Fellowship and working with me my AA resigned. NO! As if that change was not enough with her resignation came word I would not be allowed to replace her. NO! PLEASE NO!
Needless to say my emotions were everywhere. I was losing a really good friend, an outstanding AA, and trying to reconcile how I would absorb her contributions. Honestly, it was overwhelming. I was very accepting of one why but could not make sense of the other why. I still can’t. However, my joy moving forward is up to me, not a change thrust upon me.
Change is often intimidating because we become very comfortable in the same. The same can be done very successfully. I humbly feel I (we) were very successful. As successful as the same can be it can also be limiting when you become complacent in it. Had I become complacent and too relaxed in my success? YES! Could I (we) be even more successful by embracing the challenge of positive change? YES! OH YES!
I lost my AA and I lost my AA. Things are not the same. Some of my processes are different. I have added tasks. My demands are greater. I am in the middle of change but I will not let it steel my joy by being intimidated by it. Instead I will become intimidating in how I embrace and implement it.
R Buckminster Fuller said “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
My existing model was a success but I am working to make it obsolete. Change is good!