Nothing in this world is permanent. German proverb
This is both a sobering thought and an alluring one for it encapsulates life itself. History is witness to the rise and fall of not just the Roman empire but many a kingdom and dynasty and therein lies a tale of both grandiose successes and devastating defeats and catastrophy. The evolution of man itself, going by Darwin’s theory is another splendid testimony that nothing is permanent. The rapid changes that take the world of science and technology by storm reinforce the reality that the past will be obliterated by the present only to be dazzle like a shooting star for a brief period before the future overtakes it rapidly. So what are the lessons in it for us?
There are 4 important lessons that we can effectively learn from the reality that there is nothing permanent. The first is that we can have hope; the second that we should be prepared; the third that we must be ready to adapt and the fourth is that we must proactively ensure that we drive change and ensure a fresh breath of air and sustain progress. We can look out in hope when things are at its worst simply because we know that sooner or later the reality will change because nothing in this world is permanent. When we have hope life becomes easier to put up with, troubles seem more bearable and the future seems inviting. Words like retirement, death, transfer, promotion, resignation indicate that there is a forthcoming change that will happen and for sure things will never be the same thereafter. While some changes could be detrimental, most changes signify a possibility of betterment, a move towards positivity and chances of improvement.
Being prepared would help us set our sails to catch the winds of change that signify that the old order will give way to the new. We need to anticipate the future trends, look out for signs of the old order getting dismantled and broken down and jump on to the right bandwagon at the right time. Technology is ruthless in demanding that we be prepared to change. The concept of communication has been completely revolutionized by the technological advances and it is those who are prepared who are laughing all the way to the bank for they set their sails right.
If nothing is permanent then it implies that there would be drastic changes and this means we must despite our worst fears and inhibitions be prepared to change. Those who cannot accept or adapt to change will soon find themselves overrun by the crumbling old order that is systematically being dismantled and the speedy new order that is being erected simultaneously. The systematic disappearance of dinosaurs is attributed to their inability to adapt but the disappearance of the ink pen and the typewriters are but small footnotes in the modern history of evolution.
Since nothing will be permanent, the real winners are those who can proactively go and replace those structures by newer and more efficient ones. The key lies in seeking changes, making discoveries, thinking differently, being visionary and daring to take risks. When the past is replaced there could be resentment, opposition, anger and resistance and it those who can weather these storms and remain resilient and rock steady who can overcome and force the old order to give way to the new. Technology proves the point that no one can take his place under the sun for granted. Microsoft seemed invincible, then cam Google who seemed monolithic yet now it is time for Facebook to take its place under the sun. Notice the pace of how what seemed permanent changed and life will just get more fast paced, action oriented and dynamic.
Remember: “Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” Arnold Bennett
- Those of you knowing Hindi / Urdu will be strongly advised to enjoy Aziz Naza’s well known Qawwali ‘ Chadta Suraj dheere dheere http://tinyurl.com/38v4fv3 or go though the lyrics of it http://tinyurl.com/373wfy2 . Notice how powerful the message of permanency being overrun at every turn is emphasized.
- Attempt to imagine changes in the following spheres of life
- Efficient transportation
- Population control
- Environment protection
- Health care
- Human Relations
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Do you know what the German translation for this proverb is?
This makes a lot of sense, why is that , that we know all this but still not aware of it.
Hi Afreen. Thank you for your feedback and comment on the blog post. Look at the contents of this blog as a mirror being held up to your face. It surely helps one to beautify and look lovely again. So don’t get too worked up that you are not always consciously aware of the reality that you experience when reading the blogs. When you become aware of the changes to be made, do it. Experience the pleasure of achievement and attempt to continue it daily. Best Wishes. Jacob