Change is Inevitable
As gardeners, we instinctively know that change is inevitable. In fact, we implement, manage and demand change in our gardens each and every season:
- We plants seeds in fertile soil
- Seeds sprout
- Seedlings soak up water, nutrients and sun as they grow into plants
- We fight enemies: drought, blight, disease, bugs and animals
- Plants mature and bear fruit and vegetables
- Plants age and then die
- We remove the plants and turn them into compost
Such is the cycle of life in a growing season. We are gardeners who are the ultimate stewards of our green spaces.
Outside of the garden, change happens all around us, and sometimes it can result in massive upheavals. An example of change bringing upheaval happened to one of my favorite gardening pages on Facebook this week. Rather than wade through the drama and mess, let’s just say that the Administrators wanted to go in a new direction, which will effectively limit activity (conversations and posts) of members. These changes will especially impact new members that are unfamiliar with the methods and techniques.
While some members agree with the change and are falling in line with the new direction, others have openly questioned the new direction and policies. Questioning authority has resulted in banning “rebellious” members, which is unfortunate for the entire group. Still others take a wait-and-see attitude or remain silent in fear of being banned for expressing their opinions.
I am not here to whine or bring the drama here, but it does serve as an example for my larger point (and yes there is one). The point is this:
Change is Inevitable. The question is: how will you respond to it?
It is up to you to decide how you will react and respond to change. Will you:
- Accept change and try to be a catalyst (a change agent)?
- Accept the change and step in line with it?
- Ignore the change and do nothing?
- Reject the change yet do nothing?
- Reject the change and wage a war against it?
- Recognize opportunities and offer alternative solutions/paths forward?
All paths are open to you, and ultimately you must make a choice and act. Back to the example cited earlier in this post, all of these behaviors were on display, save for the last one.
Offering an Alternative Solution
George Couros (who is a Division Principal for Parkland School Division and an Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership consultant) wrote an excellent article about the “5 Characteristics of Change” on his blog here. I agree with the 5 characteristics, and they apply to any number of situations.
While he touts Agents of Change, there is another path available. Perhaps instead of getting behind the change as its agent or fighting the change as a rebel, you recognize opportunities presented and develop alternative solutions and pathways. These alternatives can be a method of resistance or method of compromise, but it might also be a completely new pathway (on “a road less traveled”) instead.
Change is Inevitable. The Path Forward
As the dust settles from the Facebook upheaval this week, I evaluated what I am doing on Small Scale Gardening and chose a path forward. I set course on defining key principles, improving the Small Scale Gardening blog and expanding social media presence.
I have a lot of plans and ideas in the works, and I am furiously working to implement these ideas. I will let you all know what I am up to in the next couple blog posts, but trust me, it will be fun and provide a lot of useful information.
This article was written by Tom Garette and first appeared on the Small Scale Gardening Blog.