January 19, 2017 by Jeff Lowen
On Friday, January 20th, we will celebrate a new day in America as Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence are sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States of America at the 58th Presidential Inauguration.
You don’t have to look too far to see the unrest that the country is in and in this day of social media, opinions flare brightly from anyone and everyone that is willing to stand up to the social podium.
Although I’m no political correspondent, I can see in my own life and business that when you belittle someone regardless of who they are, it reflects upon you. Conversely, when you uplift and encourage someone, the effect is positive and it reflects the person you are.
All this means is that moving forward, you have a choice. You can be part of an effort to effect good and beneficial change, or you can resist. Encouraging someone to do well does not mean you agree with their perspective. It does, however, open the door to possibilities that you might have a say in taking part to effect that change more to your liking.
And what could be wrong with that?
Here are some things others have said in the face of great change. Because America is about change, and when change is attempted in a positive direction, sometimes it works and sometimes is doesn’t. To fail isn’t a bad thing. It’s when due to our arrogance and ego that we resist being part of a solution, and be genuinely curious about other opinions and ideas, that we take longer to notice something’s not working and it goes unchecked. Be brave and live for the principles on which American was born, with compassion.
- The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. -Albert Einstein
- Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. -Arnold Bennett
- Change is inevitable. Change is constant. -Benjamin Disraeli
When you’re finished changing, you’re finished. -Benjamin Franklin
- The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change. -Bill Clinton
- The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress. -Charles Kettering
If you don’t like change, you will like irrelevance even less. -General Eric Shinseki
- Change means that what was before wasn’t perfect. People want things to be better. -Esther Dyson
- Resistance at all cost is the most senseless act there is. -Friedrich Durrenmatt
If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. -Gail Sheehy
And my two cents… Most believe being perfect is an end result. I believe perfection is fluid and a process. By engaging in behavior that moves our society (and your own community) in a better direction for all those involved – THAT is a process, and thereby, perfection.