Sometimes when I’m listening to someone speak I take time to make a note of something that was said. Recently I wrote down the following, “All change is about loss”.
I’ve never really thought about change in this manner but the more I thought about it the more I began to realize it’s true. When we experience change we are exchanging something we know for something we are about to know. We are letting go of something that we are comfortable with or feel good about doing for something that is new or foreign to us. Because of this we often resist change, even when the change is positive.
Anytime we experience change we go through a process. That process starts with us not really knowing how the change will affect us so we’re still fairly positive. Over a period of time we begin to realize that we have some learning to do and we begin to get uncomfortable. The next phase is when we begin to accept the change and adopt new behaviors but it takes thought and effort to do it right. The final phase of change is when victory occurs. We can take what we’ve learned and doing it becomes natural.
I live with a 5-year-old and a 10 month old so my household is in a constant state of change. Think about the pace of change in a baby’s first year of life. For the first few months of a baby’s life the world consists of sleeping, crying, pooping and meals from a bottle. Just when you get good at those things stuff starts to change. It’s not long until the baby is able to crawl, eat baby food and smile. From there the pace of change gets even more rapid because the baby can start to signal basic needs, identify people and pull up to stand.
The pace of change is just as rampant in the health care setting. GVMH is constantly adding new services. New regulations are rolled out. Planning never stops and course adjustments are made daily. We do all we can to see around corners but no matter how well we try to anticipate the future there’s no clear view and that means change is inevitable. Whether you’re a parent or a health care worker you’d better be good at change!