Today I looked at two different sets of changes through the eyes of others. This morning we had to choose the secondary school choices for my eldest daughter for when she sits the SEA exam in April.
I didn’t expect that it should have been worrying, however, my daughter was concerned about the new school and whether she was making the right choice. I, on the other hand, was worried that I may not have been making the right decision for her.
In the end, we put down choices, but I’m still wondering whether I should change it.
Later today, we had a farewell at the office for one of my colleagues, who after sixteen or so years was moving out of the ICT department into another role in the organisation.
This was a big change in what he would have been doing, but based on the many changes that have been taking place in the department, he decided that this was a good opportunity to move on.
The first change is an example of a change forced upon us. We have no choice in the matter. Even if we choose to not make a choice, a choice will be made for us.
The second change is one where our comfort level has changed in a way that makes other options more preferable. We make the choice. Even if external factors play into the decisions we make, we can choose to maintain the status quo.
The one thing we need to learn is that we will always have decisions to make. We have to learn to make the best of the circumstances once we’ve made it.