On Wednesday as I sat and listened to Gary James, our state auditor, during the March meeting of the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce something that he said struck a chord in me.
James was talking about his experience dealing with mistakes made by the governments of municipalities. (The irony of the discussion didn’t escape me, especially given that he was actually booked as a speaker in December, well before the current political drama here in Sallisaw).
He said that one of the biggest mistakes he has found over the years is assuming that just because something has always been done a certain way, that it is right and legal.
The comment got me to thinking along the lines of change.
Why do people fear change so much that they will fight you at every turn just to avoid it, often without any cares as to the reason behind the change or without looking at the outcome of what the change could cause. People blindly and vehemently fight it simply because it is different than what has been done in the past.
This attitude is a hindrance that causes a lot of animosity in any situation.
Think about where we would be as a people if our forefathers hadn’t been open minded to change? If people like Benjamin Franklin hadn’t said “Hey! I can think of a different way to do this.”
For me that is what change is all about, a difference.
Different doesn’t mean bad or good. It doesn’t mean better or worse. Simply put, different means not the same. Sometimes not the same is a good thing and sometimes not the same is a bad thing. You will never know if you don’t try.
Don’t be afraid of different!