About Change

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Published on: May 20, 2009

I watched the 2008 Presidential election with much interest – perhaps more so than usual. The candidates were both dynamic speakers, and both were intellegent men with very strong personal ideals. I admit, I was exceptionally glad when our 44th President, Barack Obama, took office. I believe his message of change was right for this country right now. We have done things the same way for many years, and as is the case with doing things because they’ve always been done that way, we’ve missed out on some marvelous opportunities as a nation to grow and mature.

After Obama took office, his critics began to ridicule his notion of change. “Where’s the change, now?” they asked mockingly, merely a day or two into his Presidency. Others began expressing concern about change. “We’ve always done it this way!” seems to be the national motto when it comes to setting policy. There is still, even 100+ days into the Obama Presidency, a fear of change. Will change be better than the status quo, or lead us into more trouble? Will change hurt? Are we stepping out of the frying pan, only to burn our feet in the fire?

All of these random thoughts circled my brain as I was watching endless news commentaries and reading endless blogs and discussion groups, discussing what change really means, and whether it really is a good thing. My conclusion? Not only is change a good thing, but it’s a necessary thing. We cannot survive without it. That doesn’t make change easy. That doesn’t make change hurt less.

It also doesn’t make change a guaranteed proposition. Yes, we may be leaving one problem only to discover even bigger challenges around the corner. But staying with one problem forever, afraid to leave it because the alternative might be worse, is stagnation, not growth. It’s complacency rather than courage.¬† As a nation, we HAVE to be willing to try new ideas and search for new solutions to old problems. That’s the principle on which our country was founded. Change. If you don’t approve of the king’s decree,¬†defy it. If you don’t have religious freedom, seek it. If you don’t like the way things are going, change it.

Change is good. It’s hard, but it’s necessary. Those thoughts compiled themselves into my election-adled brain, forming the poem “Change is Hard.” I hope you enjoy it.

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