My joy knew no bound on the 1st of December, 2009 when I got the information of my admission into Nigeria’s premier university to study my choice course, Law. Now, it’s a few months to the end of my pursuit of the L.L.B and again I am confronted with the reality that life is in stages and the only constant thing in life is change. As I look forward to studying at the Nigerian Law School next year I am persuaded that staying relevant in life’s scheme of events depends largely on your ability to understand the principles and maximise the power of change.
It is the popular saying that the only constant thing in life is change. Without change, there cannot be growth. If we are not growing, we are not living. There is probably nothing worse than a life void of change and improvement. George Bernard Shaw opines that “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
But we have a dilemma. American journalist, Sydney J. Harris expresses this truth when he said, “Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.”
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies -Robert Kennedy
You will not remain in school, or in that office or in that church. You may not always have that platform, neither will you be single forever. Our lives are subject to constant changes. We must learn to plan for change. As we move through the stages of life, we must learn to plan for the next stage of our lives. We should despite our fear for change, plan for it. Jesus had to prepare his disciples for the change their lives were set to experience as result of his departure. He saw the difficulty they had accepting this reality, thus, he encouraged them to embrace this change and plan for it.
How do we plan for change? I believe first, we must accept the reality of change. Until we accept that things will change whether we wish so or not, we cannot effectively plan for change.
Second, we must refuse to hold tightly to what we have at any moment in time. This involves thinking eternally. We must learn to think and plan on long term basis. We must embrace the brevity of our current circumstances and plan for the inevitable change.
I want to close with C.S Lewis’ description of the necessity for growth and consequently change thus;
“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”
Change is certain. The Economy will change. The requirements for employment will change. Fashion trends will change. We must identify our core values, and convictions. These we must guard as we go through change. We must plan and make change our friend.