In 1990, as a new generation joined the work force, a song called Wind of Change became a hit.
The song was about the historic events of the time. To me, its a song for the future, of hope and optimism. These words more so..
“The future’s in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change”
“Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change”
But it is also about memories
“Walking down the street
Are buried in the past forever”
The events since have been dramatic. Nations have grown and shrunk, companies have come and gone and there is fragmentation. A fragmentation where everyone seems to have looked out for themselves and perhaps created more strife. Its true of the world of work and social life.
Its been a time of growth and cynicism. But it all came crashing last year. The signs were there for all but they were missed.
Last year, news was dramatic and it seemed nothing was safe. No one, it seemed, knew what to do. There is a word in sanskrit, Pralaya, that defined things aptly. Pralaya means dissolution, not destruction , so that things can be recreated again. For the optimist, then it means that things will be better again.
So maybe there are changes taking place and the future is in the air.
Changes that bring stability, not just here but everywhere.
Changes that bring about a greater consciousness and thus dictate better action.
These points reflect optimism in action and some learnings for me:
- The Importance of the Counter Trend
- Be in the Front
- Positive Action is Key
- Believe in Something
- Keep Your Fear in Check
- Performance Pays