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It's the first Sunday of August and I'm watching the first NFL exhibition game of the year ... the Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins. My Chicago Bears aren't playing tonight but, hey, it's just nice to see football back on television.
The topic of change has been on my mind for this Editor's Note and an interview with Cris Carter, one of the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, just came on the television. I sat and watched as he talked about his induction speech and why he thanked Buddy Ryan, the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, in his speech. You see, Ryan cut him and he lost his job with the Eagles ... so everyone was wondering why in the world Carter would thank him in his speech.
Carter explained that, at the time, he was battling a substance abuse problem. It was that cut that served as a wake-up call for the receiver, who would go on to star with the Minnesota Vikings and earn the gold jacket in Canton, Ohio, this past weekend.
You can read more about the speech and the "thank you" by clicking here.
Carter's comments fell right in line with thoughts that have been stirring inside my head for some time. Change is going to happen. It's inevitable. No matter how good or how bad life might seem at the moment, it's going to change. What matters more than the change, however, is how you react to it.
You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler. -- Denis Waitley
There are some people who don't handle change well. There are some who refuse to expand their boundaries or test their limits because they're comfortable where they are. There are also some who go into the fetal position when an unwelcome change happens in their lives.
In today's society, you can't avoid or deny change. We live in a world where technology is advancing our society at an amazing speed. Are you changing with the times? Are you keeping up with today's innovations and tomorrow's possibilities, or are you simply shaking your head and saying, "How we did it then is how we should do it now?"
If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies. -- Author Unknown
Change is going to happen ... in your personal and work situations. Will you welcome change as a doorway to new opportunities or will you stick your head in the sand and pretend nothing ever deviated from the comfortable path?
Change is going to happen ... are you ready?