It’s Time for a Change

August 26, 2015 by FlexPro

changeIt’s that time of year again. Anyone with kids knows exactly what I mean, and even if you don’t have kids you’re not free and clear of all the fun either. Just think about your commute in the next few weeks when all of the school buses are back on the roads! While those of you with younger kids are dealing with school supply lists and other back-to-school shopping, those of us with older kids who are heading back to college are dealing with the whole dynamic of our household changing again. Dropping my oldest back at the University of Pittsburgh and having my youngest beginning his senior year of high school has gotten me to thinking about change a lot lately. Good, bad or ugly – as the saying goes – “the only thing that is constant is change.”

Much of the change that we deal with on a daily basis is “on the fly.” Things such as an unexpected detour on the way to work, an unscheduled meeting, or a sick child can all create a hiccup in our normal routine. We’re forced to change things up, deal and move on. Inconvenient, yes. Life altering, hardly. Whether you’re a child who’s forced to eat Cheerios for breakfast because the Fruit Loops box is empty or an adult who overslept and doesn’t have time to stop for coffee, change is going to happen. Ready or not, it’s something we all have to deal with every single day. It definitely keeps things interesting!

However, some change is a lot more life altering than a road detour and takes a little more mental energy to deal with. For me, my house is a little emptier and quieter and I’m feeling a little melancholy thinking about how it’ll be next summer when both boys leave for college. The idea of no kids at home is exciting and depressing all at the same time and I get nostalgic thinking about where the time has gone. So instead of pondering all of the “what was” of our lives, I’m going to change my mindset and start thinking more about  the “what’s still to come”. I can’t stop my boys from growing up, heading away to school and creating their own lives, families and careers, nor do I want to. It’s just hard to believe that this huge time of change for our family is here – I can’t stop it and I can’t ignore it! So as one son starts his sophomore year of college and the other son continues with his college tours and applications, I’m looking to change things up too.

Personally I’m going to continue my quest to try new things. I love being outside in the Fall so my pursuits may include spending more time hiking and biking in the great parks we have in the area. I also enjoy reading, but lean towards business-related books. I’m definitely going to make more time for pleasure reading a nice murder mystery or light romance novel!

As a Project Manager, maybe you’re thinking in terms of trying to spur some creativity in your team. Why not change things up by holding a meeting in a different location or inviting a guest speaker? Maybe throw away the agenda for a change and let things free flow, just this one time. Chaotic, maybe. Entertaining, definitely!

Change has a way of getting us out of a rut. It has a way of shifting our direction – literally and figuratively. It has a way of introducing us to ideas and concepts we would have never discovered on our own. It can motivate and inspire us and it can lead us forward without regard to where we were or where we want to be. It can feel like the worst thing that’s ever happened to us and end up as the best. It can force us to open our minds where they may have been closed and it can propel us to, through and out of our comfort zone. It can be terrifying and exciting at the same time. And above all else, it cannot be stopped.

So as summer winds down and we head towards another change of season, I’d love to hear your stories on how you created change in your life and the impact that it had or how change was thrust upon you and how you reacted.

Chief Executive Officer, The FlexPro Group
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