In the Skagit Valley BASAM program, we focus on change – change in the world, in our environments, in our relationships, in ourselves. We talk about how change is inevitable because by definition, tomorrow cannot be like today and today cannot be like yesterday. We grapple with ambiguity and with the daunting prospect of not knowing. Most importantly, we equip ourselves with the tools, resources and skills to adapt and flourish in an ever changing context.
One topic that is missing from our conversations is a list of reasons why we cannot or will not change. We don’t spend time talking about this because we know that each of us has the capacity to change and to adapt – if we didn’t, we wouldn’t be part of the BASAM program. So, when a friend shared this list from Fast Company of the common reasons that people say they cannot change, I breathed a sigh of relief. My relief comes from having full confidence that the words on this list are unlikely ever to be said by BASAM program people because just like the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, BASAM people know that “there is nothing permanent except change”.