Today, I had the pleasure of leading the opening faculty meeting for the teachers in our Religious School. Being new to this position, I’m making some changes. Some because they just make sense to me, some because they are the right choice for this moment in this religious school. I’m really excited about some of these changes and really hope to see great results. Even though the changes at the outset are small, I think they are significant. I truly believe it is an exciting time for our school and our lifelong learning community.
But I also know that change isn’t easy–for us as individuals or in terms of communal change. Change can be painful and challenging. Change brings us out of our comfort zone. Change means that the patterns we are used to look different. Change means we need to be conscious of the world in a different way.
But change is necessary over time–evolution happens. And sometimes, the opportunity offered by what looks like a difficult situation becomes the chance to try something entirely new. And that might feel uncomfortable at first. But that might also become exciting and wonderful.
And it is a little bit scary to implement change. For ourselves, absolutely, but also when we are in a position to make change that has an impact on others. And so, when we have that chance, we do so carefully. But, we also know that sometimes we are the only ones that can make that change happen.
And sometimes, the change that happens–whether it is change that we influence or change that influences us–causes a shift in our thinking. And helps us to shape many of our thoughts in new ways.