In the past, the change I had to manage was a slow moving type of change. A new operating system, a new process at work, a new boss with a new set of expectations. You learn the new system, you adapt and change… and then steady as she goes until 6 months from now when the operating system is updated.
Then come toddlers. Now I am learning the true meaning of adapting to change. Just when you have a routine that works. BANG. Growth spurt, new development. Time to change and adapt again. The new routine you set only lasts 2 weeks. BANG. They change; you have to change with it.
I have been reading Thomas Friedman’s Thank You For Being Late. I have loved this author since I read The Earth is Flat, which completely changed my view on globalization. Friedman’s book talks about rapidly changing technology and how other institutions, such as companies and governments are trying to keep up. He uses an interesting analogy about whitewater rafting. “Keep your paddle in the water.” A novice might think it means keep the paddle in the water to create an anchor to slow you down. But an experienced whitewater rafter knows this means keep paddling. You want to go as fast, if not faster than the water.
I take this analogy to heart. The Linskey Boys are fast mutating viruses, constantly changing and growing. Being “good at change” is not good enough. I have to excel at it. I have to move as fast or faster than their development.
In conclusion, Richard and Timothy have transitioned to toddler beds. [It took them a little while longer than expected to realize they were capable of jumping out of their crib]. AND they both got ear infections during said transition. I haven’t slept in two weeks.