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Paul's Van of Change

 
As April changes to May everything else changes.  Rain and chill change to sun and warmth.  Mud changes to flowers and lush lawns and green fields. There’s even an old car in the neighbourhood that someone changes out in place of their reliable winter car.  It’s something like a 1960 jeep or land rover and I always wonder where that thing has been in the world.
 
For those of you who know my family stories and my talks, you’ll know that how I think about change started with a family road trip.  You may even have been part of my “van of change”.
 
My parents and the eight children were pretty much forced into change.  We spent much of 1970 all crammed into a small VW camper travelling around Europe.  I know what you’re thinking - It’s the perfect 1970 hippie ideal.  Let me tell you, for 10 people, it was an exercise in change. 
 
My parents had to keep all of us kids interested and happily content with the trip. Remember that way back when there were no seat back movies and no Xbox.  There were no fast-food stops, no service centres, and there were no peanut butter sandwiches to be had in Europe.
 
Our change issues, aside from trying to adapt to life in Europe (or to us kids – a life without “x”, where “x” is, well, everything), had to do with the van.  There were good seats and there were bad seats.  And, not everyone agreed about which seats were which.  Everyone had a different preference.  To avoid the inevitable fights for the best seats and complaints about the worst seats, we experienced change. Often.
 
Every 50 km, we were re-arranged. The kids in the best seats were demoted. They didn’t like change. The kids in the worst seats finally had their moment to embrace change and move to something new and better.
 
The way I see it, there’s a seat in the “van of change” for every change style.  There are Front Seat Drivers whose job it is to get us there.  There are Back Seat Drivers to tell us where to go.  There are Riders who go along for the ride.  And there are Hiders who focus on the day to day work and  may not want us to change. 
 
In an office, on a project, and even in our families, there are people who prefer each of the change styles.  And no person stays in that style.  When it comes to change, even our change style changes.
 
This month, think about your change style.  How comfortable are you with the change around you?  It may be time to shake things up and look at change with a different view.
 
And also this month, think about how much fun a road trip would be.
 
Have a great couple of weeks.


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Paul is a professional speaker and writer with an odd background of corporate work, arts management, training in adult ed and counselling, singing in the opera, and acting. He creates and delivers very funny keynotes, including the one-of-a-kind keynote "The Ultimate Ending / Paul's World Famous Conference Ending Summary".

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