Monday, 24 May 2010

How Things Change

Over the weekend I was in Yorkshire celebrating my parents’ Golden Wedding Anniversary. It was a time for celebration and reflection– quietly remembering absent friends and delighting in the company of those who could be there with us. 50 years sure is a long time for two people to be together. There was much reminiscing, as well as astonishment that 50 years could have passed so quickly.

I was struck how business changes in the same way – very slowly day by day, but quickly decade by decade. And of course it can quite often take time to adjust to the new order. The internet is a great example. During a few short years it has been transformed from "slow and static" to "instant and interactive". The explosion in social media, video and the speed with which information now proliferates is a bit bewildering. But of course there were many signs along the way, none of it happened instantly.

I guess the trick is to look forward, rather than backwards. Enjoying each other’s company while we can, so there are no regrets when we cannot. And reacting to trends as they start, and not when it’s too late. Like many things in life, it is a great deal easier to say than to do, but every effort helps: whether it is a family party, or a new Twitter account.

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