Transition! It’s a constant reality, whether one realizes it or not. Society at large is Uberizing globally each day, and it ultimately affects all of us locally. It is how we deal with it that causes us to grow and pay it forward to help others. Do we learn new options to use personally and leverage them for the betterment of the masses? What is the rate of transition for each of us? How does the variance in the rate of each person’s transition affect society’s tug and pull? What impact does the media’s spin have on this transition? How do local, state, and federal governments handle these transitions? Are they cognizant of the need for practices that service these challenges?
These are all questions that each person must answer to form habits that will allow them to live a quality existence. As this happens, those in their families are being supplied with solutions they can duplicate in some manner. A cycle of appreciation begins to happen in their footprint that can be embraced by others as they expand their life’s reach. Often, a teacher, coach, music conductor, Sunday school teacher, or another person says things that help us get through challenges in a manner that we grow, not just survive.
The bottom line is that we all must learn to live by the Golden Rule. Family units, churches, schools, businesses, governments, all nonprofits, join this process in varying forms, but the response of value is the Golden Rule. As we learn to make practice of this process, we can begin to see a bigger picture for our lives. We begin to build a bucket list loaded with options we have not engaged in previously. We see that with certain achievements, these hopes can become realities. We see that we are being groomed to live a life that makes a bigger difference in the lives of others, and we’re not afraid of moving ahead.
Over the dinner table, at work, at a sporting event, watching TV, worshipping, in the dorm, shopping, driving, or walking the dog, this way of handling life creates greater internal and external stability. We read books written by authors who reinforce our capabilities and beliefs. We know we can. We claim it in our words and deeds. Momentum compounds. It’s a pattern to be duplicated by others.
Transition turns into the catalyst, rather than the problem. We are more willing to adopt this view and help others do the same as we learn to adapt and manage circumstances. As we look back at the past, we see the value of the challenge and embrace the days to come and the challenges caused by new transitions. Many have seen the day when only their children used their phones at the table to text a friend. Now we all use our phones to play Solitaire, see who won the game or the election, learn how our stocks are performing, and what cars are on sale at the auctions and can be shipped to our home and, of course, what our friends and relatives are saying on social media.
It may play out in varying forms but, at the end of the day, loving God and treating others as we wish to be treated wins the day. What we have had to adapt to, as a result of the transitions in society, grows us into effective players in our footprint, and allows us to pay it forward and make a difference in the lives we touch.
Joel Griffing has used his mathematical, science, and IT analytical training, combined with his faith-based humanitarian orientation, to consult, educate, and manage initiatives globally. He is the creator of The Hope Collection (Helping Others Prosper Efficiently), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, to identify and supply resources to support projects that provide substantial and sustainable social and economic growth. He is currently writing three books, Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Life, I Learned Playing Solitaire; The Power of Hope; and Fruitful Lives. http://thehopecollection.com
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