“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead
Change is hard. You finally get things just the way you like them and then – BLAM – the rug gets pulled from under you. What do you do?
Personally, I don’t hate change. I tend to get bored easily and like to try new things. That might explain why, before this, I’ve never held the same job for more than three years. It is a minor miracle that I am still married after 13 years (but he maths and I don’t, so not giving that up any time soon). When I was 24, I decided I didn’t want to live in Chicago anymore, so I packed a few bags, got on a train, and moved to Boston. I had never been there before and it sounded cool.
It probably worked to my benefit that I married a military man. We moved every two years. New house, new friends, new me. I am not a fan of the work that goes along with moving, but once I get there and get unpacked, I am good to go.
It occurred to me the other day that this is the longest I have ever been in one job. The thing is, I really haven’t. This organization has grown and changed so much over the last 5 years that the only constant has been the change. I have done every job in this place at one time or another. It is only now that we have grown that I am able to focus on just a few things.
We started with one tiny little community of people on one page. Then we added groups…and more groups… more people, more programs, more love. We have lost a few people along the way, but we have gained so many more. Everyone in this community has touched my life in some way and I am the better for it.
To those of you who don’t like change, you are in the majority. Most people are not quite as insane as me. That is a good thing. Without you, we don’t have traditions or history or plans. You are the keepers of the culture. You are the steady ones who are gracious enough to create a space for the wanderers like me.
It takes people of all types to make a community work. We need dreamers and planners. We need silly with the somber and quiet amongst the noise. We need each other, so that when big changes come, we can help each other through it.
I promise that I will always help you think big, as long as you promise to keep me tethered to the ground. Together, we will change the world — and that’s not nothing. That is pretty amazing.
– In Omnia