The release of my first book has been delayed by the recent restrictions associated to Covid19, never-the-less some copies have made their way into peoples hands and the feedback has been fantastic. My intention with this blog has turned to the need to create a space where the feedback and the questions arising from reading the book can be spoken about in greater depth. I am somewhat in debt to all the people who said that they couldn't read the book quickly but rather have had to take their time and work through it slowly with a notebook and pen at the ready to record their own thinking. That feedback has mades my own heart sing as it is precisely how I would have wanted people to engage my writing. Equally I want to encourage further questions and deeper observations from others and this blog is the perfect place to begin this process.
My neighbour Owen has been reading the book and he provided me with an idea to get us all started on the reflective journey - thanks Owen.
Owen's first observation was that he liked and resonated with the idea of change being like an ocean:
"Change is like a mighty ocean and we are the driftwood being carried away on its tides and currents. We are as powerless to control the change as we are the ocean tides." p.12.
What do others think of this metaphor? It stands in stark contrast to what the recently emerged change management cult would have us believe, namely that we can control and lead change if only we know how! What are the implications of not being in control, surely we are all experiencing a sense of lost control with the Coronavirus? What do you feel about the suggestion that not only does change take us beyond our level of control but also beyond our own personal sense of limitations?
"Surrendering to change's strong influence will obviously take us beyond our current capacity, and it will also take us beyond our own perceived limitations." p.12.
Good friends Craig and Sam remarked that something in them shifted with every time they were take out in the tide and set adrift in an ocean of change. What do you think?
Feel free to "wade" on into the discussion here. You can also contact me directly on 0430225528 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk soon and thanks for participating.