Inspiration for this week's philosophical meanderings comes from way back, high school biology class. I think I was a junior, and this thought has stayed with me since then. And no, surprisingly, it's not related to the formaldehyde the frogs were dunked in….
It was a basic concept regarding the three basic choices life has when faced with an obstacle to continuing:
- Change our environment.
- Change ourselves.
- We can die.
At work, it often comes into play with the regulations I'm dealing with. (Fortunately it isn't a factor in terms of my actual employment-I love Metropolitan and the people I work with. Rather, my stress comes from the outside forces putting barriers on our business growth.)
All of us have a choice when faced with regulations and business barriers. First we try to change the regulatory environment: We write comments, we go to our politicians, we go to the media, we go to organizations and associations. We try to make the environment for our business better.
If we fail at that, we adapt, right? We change ourselves as needed. Sometimes it is simply a matter of adding more paperwork to our lives-we don't actually have to change our production or business, just document it differently-and sometimes that means actually changing something we do. In the wood industry, that might be changing glues because of the EPA, or dropping a species because of Lacey. It might be changing sources of supply because of a dumping order.
What I refuse to do is simply give up and die.