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INSIGHT: Noble Discontent?

Peter Nicholson

Questioning Progress
Complacency irks me. Achieving greater sustainability requires revising the status quo. I possess an inclination to question the output of myself and others, impulsively considering how it could be better. It’s an annoying habit. In many situations, I try to camouflage the trait, either hiding it from view, or thinly cloaking it. Interacting with those with well-defended comfort zones often requires a conscious effort to keep my frustration and annoyance in check in response to what I perceive to be unnecessarily impeded progress. If only they saw the situation my way! The desire to maintain stasis can be an imposing barrier, not easily overcome by an equal or even superior force. Communication, strategy, and finesse (not my strength) are essential to undoing the locks, liberating innovation. Constantly challenging myself and those with whom I work can also impede change and implementation, creating an eddy that never is allowed to flow. I’m coming to realize that there is a difference between subverting the practice, as I used to try to do, and managing it. The former strives to deny the inevitable, the latter attempts to guide and shape it toward the powerful and productive force that it can be.