They say that only a wet baby likes change. (Of course, they also say that politicians are like babies; they should be changed often.) It’s human nature, though, to dislike and even to resist change. It only gets worse with age. We find a comfortable routine, and we like to stick to it, all the time. Anything that sets us off that routine is a major irritant. (Prime example: road rage.) Some people are more set in their ways, regardless of their age, than others.
They say that only a wet baby likes change. (Of course, they also say that politicians are like babies; they should be changed often.)
It’s human nature, though, to dislike and even to resist change. It only gets worse with age. We find a comfortable routine, and we like to stick to it, all the time. Anything that sets us off that routine is a major irritant. (Prime example: road rage.)
Some people are more set in their ways, regardless of their age, than others.
I tend to be an easier-going ones when it comes to glitches and bumps along the road. It’s probably an occupational hazzard, or at least a trait that is much called upon in the news business.
It’s also part of my job to observe, and I love observing people. And people just don’t like change.
Now, kids? That’s a whole other ball of wax. For kids, everything is new and changing. They’re acquiring new skills and abilities constantly. (Makes me wonder at what point, exactly, we stop gaining new skills and abilities. I sure hope I haven’t reached it yet.)
Kids will bounce from one new thing to another without giving it a thought. It’s all a part of their world: constant change and development.
At some point along our path of growing up, many of us start to get comfortable. We stay in a job we don’t like because it’s more comfortable than making a change. (You’ll note that I don’t say “easy.”) Instead of moving furniture around often, somehow we found an arrangement that’s just plain comfortable, and we stick with it.
It could be a comfortable path to work, or a favorite vacation spot. It becomes routine.
I’m all for comfortable, and even for routines. But I really buck when it comes to ruts. I don’t like ’em, and I resist them whenever possible.
So it should come as no surprise that I’m constantly thinking of ways to improve the weekly paper here, both online and in print. It’s a part of my nature, really.
I live to learn new things. And new things simply cry out to be applied somewhere.
Yes, there are some changes coming. Consider this another warning (there was one a few weeks ago, too) that CHANGE IS COMING. I’m pretty confident that most of you will like the changes that are coming. But a few of you will hate them just because they’re something different. That diversity is part of what makes being human so much fun (most of the time)!
I can’t be very specific yet, as there are lots of things being considered, and we haven’t yet decided just what we’ll do.
Just please consider yourself warned: CHANGE IS COMING.
Now, if we do it right, chances are good that it won’t even be obvious at first. Or you, our dear readers, will catch on quickly and take to the new way of doing things. Let’s hope for that scenario.
If, however, we do something that just irritates you to the point of inconsolability, won’t you please let us know? Your feedback and input will be helpful as we move forward.
Oh, and we are looking for people to serve on a readers’ panel of sorts, to bounce ideas around. Please call or e-mail us if you’d be willing to meet once or twice in the next month or so; we’ll have various meeting locations set up.
Meanwhile, Mother Nature has some changes in store for us as we plunge into another season, ready or not.
Perhaps it’s because there are some things that change no matter what our wishes or efforts are, like seasons, illness, accidents, natural disasters, that we so dislike change for change sake? Why disrupt things if they don’t need to be, right?
At any rate, enjoy the ride that Mother Nature has in store for us. (We don’t really have a choice now, do we?) And, I hope, you’ll also enjoy the improvements we will be working hard to bring you.
After all, YOU are why we do all this in the first place (and the second, and the third place)..