Embracing Change

If you want to see the world’s strongest man quake in his boots, say the word “change”; it is a word that strikes fear in the hearts of most.  We don’t like to change. We get settled into our norm and that’s the way we like it.  But, that’s not how the world works. We are constantly surrounded by change and the world around us is evolving. Canadian agriculture is facing unprecedented changes as a result of trade negotiations, technology, and land use priorities as a result of new crops, including cannabis. We will need to ride the wave of change or face drowning.

Humans are genetically pre-disposed to dislike change because change can be dangerous.

Charlie Brown once said, “I welcome change as long as nothing is altered or different.” I think we all have some Charlie Brown in us. We like the same, comfortable life; we don’t want to be forced to change but change is what keeps the world moving.

Over the past months we have faced the change of a provincial government and more recently, municipal government. Definitely change is afoot.

We have a choice: we can bemoan the changes in the world or we can embrace them and move forward.  The Apostle Paul wrote, “No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13, NLT). If we don’t embrace change, then we don’t really grow, and if we don’t grow, then we aren’t really living.

Former US President Bill Clinton once said, “While the world hates change, it is the only thing that has ever brought progress.”

The human body is built in such a way that we can only look back for so long before our neck hurts.  Remembering the “good old days” works for a while, but we need to focus on the future and its possibilities. We need to meet with our councillors, reeves, mayors, and MPPs and let them know the challenges of farming and how they can help. They may be new in their roles but give them a chance to prove themselves.

Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It can actually be a good thing. We need to work together and make changes for the better. As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

We must embrace change and make the changes that will improve us and the world.

Peter Peeters is a Director on the Executive Board of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario. The CFFO Commentary represents the opinions of the writer and does not necessarily represent CFFO policy. The CFFO Commentary is heard weekly on CFCO Chatham, CKXFM Chatham, and CKNX Wingham.

Posted by Peter Peeters on November 16, 2018

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  • Ed Scharringa says:

    Well said Peter……Ed

  • Jim wheeler says:

    Love it, Peter.

    Different is not always better,
    But better is always different.

  • Scott Eagan says:

    Yes, Change is inevitable – as we see everyday in nature and through the seasons,

    a good thing: vitality, growth, life.

    Let us also remember that tradition, the solidity of the tried and true are also so important:

    spring follows winter, seeds sprout, the sun returns!

    The balance of change and of tradition is important, necessary and good!

  • Charles Gingerich says:

    A good piece on change from our Executive Director. Generally, we are averse to change, and yet the alternative to change is stagnation and maybe even regression. Unfortunately change for the worse (and there have been many) has given change a bad rap. In Ontario we desperately need change. One arena where we are long overdue for change is education. We need reform in our educational system to meaningfully reflect the truth of parents, not government, as first educators. Currently, parents who are not Roman Catholic or secular humanists are second class citizens as far as education is concerned. They are effectively marginalized. The way education is delivered in Ontario needs to CHANGE.

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