Change. Change is inevitable and it happens whether we like it or not. For instance, in Sooke, we will be getting a roundabout. That’s a big change for many. We just had a change at the council table and there are many things which have changed in our fair town. We have new buildings and new businesses, new people and new attitudes.
Rather than decrying the roundabout saying it will be chaotic and a mess, how about embracing change? How about being positive about the effort to relieve the traffic pressure on Sooke Road? Everyone complains about not being able to make a left-hand turn, this roundabout is being built to fix that. How about figuring out how to use roundabouts and going with the flow instead of getting all worked up before it’s even in place? How about using Wadams Way instead of the old route right through the town core?
Everything is based on our perceptions. If we hear people criticizing, we often follow suit. We don’t often even give things a chance, we just decry the inconvenience and then get all worked up over the supposed inconvenience to ourselves rather than looking at the long term solution. It is so much easier to be critical and upset with change than it is to embrace it.
This goes for just about everything. When we start complaining about change, then it signals a mind that is closing. Changes are good most of the time and we need to embrace the chance to do something different by changing our mindset.
Sooke will not remain the same as it has always been, nor should it. But we can look forward rather than backward.
If you take one letter in the word “change” and change the “g” to a “c” you have “chance.”
Chances are opportunities.