Philip Hammonds comment on a recent TV interview that “a million shorthand typists had faced losing their jobs to personal computers” was nuts but NOT because there are no unemployed people. The press intimated that he had gaffed when he said there were no unemployed people but I got his reference and the point.
Even without a shorthand typist you need a person to operate a computer anyway. Thus one replaced the other and knowledge was also gained by those who chose to learn and change.
Perhaps he should have said. “People had to adapt with the advent of the computer and did brilliantly when they received further training to develop their existing skills. Those who were good at their jobs soon found that the drudge of typing was replaced with more creativity in word-processing and computing”
This was also the case when the mines closed. Those who lost their jobs may have looked to utilise their existing skills and develop additional ones. Many who were good and willing did whilst others were not able to do so.
Change usually requires a mind-shift and often even a relocation Yet life in general is surely all about moving on, learning, progressing and developing more skills, ideas and talents. We all progress from a foetus in the womb through childhood to adulthood and thus to departing the mortal coil. All the time we develop, we are learning, and we continue to take in more knowledge which can make us healthier and add to our longevity.
In my humble opinion, learning and development is all part of a healthy life and thus I am constantly living in the NOW but also looking to the future – not with fear or misgivings but with optimism as to what will be the next stage of my learning and development. Thus, I can progress and grow in healthy body, mind and spirit.
Often change requires a significant effort on the part of those who wish to change. Often it is simply a shift in mind-set. We must understand and learn that nothing is fixed in this world and nothing comes easy to those who would challenge life. After all this is where we make inroads and acknowledge and admire the great historical figures who discovered new things, exploring the world, sciences, nature etc.
Unfortunately, those who do not wish for change can appear lazy and ignorant of the possible outcomes that will ensue if they do not move on and embrace change. They and their ideas will stagnate and possibly die early from ennui.
Progress is all about learning, and learning, in whatever form it takes cannot be bad. Whether we are adapting to innovative ideas, people or places we need to be moving along and welcoming the changes that have occurred (and continue to occur) throughout our lives.
Yes, sometimes change may seem to impact adversely but this is usually only in the short term and when we acknowledge change and swim with the tide instead of fighting it we will not drown but may come yet to a better understanding of our purpose here and in the whole scheme of things. So, I feel we need to welcome change and step forward even if it is only with small steps.
Change always does one thing – It gets people discussing, talking, debating in this world where many seem to follow the herds who bemoan the (usually rose-tinted) loss of their past. Let’s change any negative moans that we may have into positivity and always look on the bright side of everything that is thrown our way.
After all I would rather live my life feeling positive about something every day than by feeling down and negative – wouldn’t you? And if I can’t change my attitude then I can never change my circumstances can I?