Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing in the same way and expecting to get different results. Creating change requires personal action to achieve a different outcome. Many times we vote with the “throw the bums out” mentality. We fire people when we don’t like the environment. We throw out the volunteer when they do something we don’t like and the activity is not going the way we think it should. We don’t like the way things are so we want someone else to change them.
We say, "we need change and we need it now!! I don’t like what is happening to me!" So we vote for people that promise us change. We hire people with different experiences to change our environment. We select people to lead us in organizations so we won’t have to do the job.
But then we complain about the change that we demanded; that we wanted. We say, "we can’t do this" or "we can’t do that" because:
"WE HAVE NEVER DONE IT THAT WAY BEFORE!!”
"The change didn't turn out the way I thought it was going to turn out. Even though the change is for the better, it is not for the better for me and my situation. The environment changed, but our circumstances did not. I am no better off now than I was before the change happened."
Is this what we hear in each political cycle? The problem is that we are the ones that need to change and we don’t want to. We really actually like things just the way they are because they are familiar, even if we complain. Even if someone that we vote into an office says they will change things and they actually do, we say "NO!" We don’t want to do that!"
We only like change if the change does not affect us!
The future remains the same because many people often refuse to take our role as responsible citizens to make the change that is necessary because it is hard work. It is messy. It requires talking to people. It requires acknowledging the world is not as black and white as we thought. Change requires slogging through the "gray" of an issue to see it through the eyes of another's experience.
If you want things to be different in your world, you have to have change. You have to let new things happen. You need to act the change that you wish to happen.