Stability

2020.04.24

Spring Envoy                                                                                                  Copyright © Jack Blair Photographer


There is a familiar statement made in this post-modern world, especially in a progressive workplace—“The only Constant is Change Itself”.  This is spoken by management to help convince employees that they should be happy about change and get on with the new processes, reorganisation, or whatever else is being created to improve the operation and profitability of the company.

There are some who offer their concern that ‘Change for Change Sake’ is not necessarily a good thing, but will go along with a change that seems reasonable.  Then there are some who want to carry on with the way things are—no change, thank you very much.

Personally, I like a balanced look at human induced change, such as was suggested by Ursula K. Le Guin (American author and literary award winner):

‘You must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and what evil will follow on that act.’


These days we need to deal with change over which we have no control.  Under that umbrella I include climate change, loss of Canada’s ability to sell its energy, the virus with its health threat and social impact, and I can’t forget smoke laden summer air as well as personal life changes due to ageing.  For me, these all act to destabilise my mental state and, in some cases, my physical state.

Now the good news.

There are stabilising events coming our way during the next sixty days or so that I welcome, no, that I crave.  Those are the elements of the new season, Spring.  My image this week of two Canada Geese, male and female in flight, is a welcome sign of Spring romance and the optimism that comes with new life.  Nest building, bird song, greening of grass, budding of trees, are all the early signs that nature’s yearly routine is underway.  It is something that we expect—year after year, it never changes and we love it.  I think, this year, it will mean more to many people than it has in the past.  This is something stable.  Something that we can depend on to give us a lift out of our present doldrums.  I’m excited about Spring this year, with more enthusiasm than usual.

Esoterica:

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.   
Genisis 8:22