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INSIGHT: From Inertia to Progress?

Peter Nicholson

View From a Ledge
Relationships change. I remember how in college, a close friend one semester could quickly become a casual acquaintance the next. Connections evolve as we grow, or should. Sometimes the choice to redefine is ours, other times not. Sometimes it happens gradually and organically, other times jarringly and unexpectedly. The new year inspires me to take stock of personal, professional and political evolutions and their potential implications. What do I need to redefine, shift? Of course, there can be a significant gap between identification and execution. Resolutions fade for a reason. Familiar habits can provide compelling comfort, however much the idea of change is appealing. The challenge of many sustainability initiatives is overcoming different types of stasis. It’s not a matter of not knowing what to do. On a few matters, I've existed in the space between intention and implementation for years, waiting for some magical opportunity to emerge that I know I will ultimately need to create and claim. Sometimes simply taking the initiative is the real point. The most difficult type of shift is the kind we don’t have to make. Being pushed, however upsetting, can be a blessing, especially if we were ready to jump anyway.