HRP LETTER SERIES: LETTER TO MY FRIEND AFRAID OF ACCEPTING A NEW SYSTEM
It feels wonderful having the opportunity to write to you. The weather is quite cold over here, I really hope you are good and not having a flu like I am. I’m writing to you based on a pressing issue which is learning and in fact accepting a new system.
A system in this context is a set of practices or common belief. It is simply the common lifestyle. Friend, I’m writing because some systems have become a setback to us. Many would rather have their monotonous lifestyle happen even in their dreams than accept change or learn something new. But the fact is if you’re not changing, it still doesn’t stop the world from not accepting the system.
Chiamaka’s grandmother wished to visit her children in America. It was exciting; the preparation and all but on seeing the plane, it seemed like a huge coffin. Her mind couldn’t just accept it. She fought hard that she wasn’t going inside the “thing”- we cannot fly above our mindset.
Some companies and organisations do not really think twice about who to lay off because they simply look into people who have the traditional mentality of “this is how it has been done, it is how it’s being done and thats how it would be done”. It is quite an anti-growth system.
Friend, being afraid of trying something new is like denying a child of his first meal out of the womb because it’s something new. I write today to tell you to learn, it might not be important today but it would be in the future. Don’t hate change because it limits your growth.
And of course, there are negative changes/systems but we cannot hate them; we only decide either to change ourselves or change the system.
Friend, I’m writing to encourage you to test new waters. It took a man to think of the birds to fly and leave the ground he had become accustomed to. We are sometimes accustomed to the governing system even though it’s bad; we’re just afraid of change. Sometimes, it’s the food we eat and other times it’s the kind of people we associate with. But we forget that only those who aren’t afraid of change get the full experience of it.
A child cries when he/she is born because it’s a different environment, there’s fear of “what next?”, so it’s normal if the fear comes but have the courage to see the change through. If you came through this far from the womb, you can soar higher. Accept change, adjust to new situations and when the system is bad, readily be the change it needs.
Till we meet again, don’t be afraid of new things. It only means you’re growing. I look forward to hearing from you. Do feel free to drop your comments below. For your personal questions message us at [email protected] or [email protected]
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