Charles Kettering once said, “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” We dread change because we fear that we will lose what is familiar and comfortable. Our tendency is to cling to the certainty of the present rather than to reach out and grasp a promising, but uncertain, future.
When I think of change, I visualize my grandson playing on monkey bars. If he is hesitant when he starts, his arms grow tired and he has diffi culty reaching the next rung. In contrast, when he starts boldly, he has momentum to swing himself towards the next rung and he develops a rhythm of letting go of one bar and reaching for the next one. His success lies in letting go. Without letting go, he loses momentum and he can’t reach forward very far.
NEHA is changing. In the last several years we have intentionally let go of some of our familiar and comfortable ways and have reached for new ways to serve our members.
Read the President's Message in Full:
Journal of Environmental Health
Volume 78, No 1 July/August 2015