Change Is Nature

In a recent Holstee Reflection blog, Dave Radparvar shares the story of Remy from the Pixar film, Ratatouille. In it, great leaders are reminded of the living presence of change as part of their life and the world in which they live.

Remy, a rat with an incredible sense of smell and taste, dreams of becoming a chef. But his father, Django, wants him to stay within the rat community and not risk his life (or their lives) by meddling in human activities. Django thought Remy’s skills were best suited to sniffing out rat poison. Remy had bigger dreams, but it meant charting an unknown and possibly dangerous path on his own.

Halfway through the film, is the memorable quote that captures the joy of change. Django, the fathers says to Remy, “You can’t change nature.”  to which Remy responds: “Change is nature.”

Radpavar writes: “It’s a simple and beautiful reminder that — whether we like it or not — the world is constantly changing. We can either stick to our old ways while the world evolves around us — or we can be a part of, and positively influence, that change.

Socrates tells great leaders: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”  May your choose your life to be limitless in its breadth and depth – a life expanded in all its beauty by a ceaseless and relentless pursuit always moving from the ‘as is’ to our dreams and passion for ‘what can be.’ JD Houston captured this beautifully writing: “ If you want something in life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done.” Enjoy every moment of newness on your magnificent journey.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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1 Response to Change Is Nature

  1. Jack Beach says:

    “If you want something in life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done.” As simple as this truth is, we too often ignore it. We want things to change and come to us. We lament “Why can’t things be different?” rather than “How do I have to change?” We engage in wish fulfillment, longing for our desires and goals to be wondrously realized rather than planning and acting on how to achieve them. We sit on the shore hoping for our ship to come in rather than diving into the surf, struggling past the waves, and swimming out, grasping it, and climbing aboard. To be different or to achieve different outcomes, we have to ask ourselves different questions and act in ways we have not done before. Rather than dream, we need to wake up.

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