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Kelly's World | Change up di ting likkle nuh

Published:Monday | August 27, 2018 | 12:00 AM

"The measure of intelligence is the ability to change."

- Albert Einstein

If the above quote is to be considered true, then there are some people who fool fool bad!

I'm not talking about changing their style of dress (although some wardrobes could do with an overhaul), but I mean a change in mindset.

Plus, there is the whole matter of change as it relates to embracing new things.

For example, using an ATM to draw your money? Nope, they're heading to the bank and taking up the withdraw slip.

Paying the light bill online? Yuh mussi mad! Next ting dem say dem nuh get it? Over the counter dat a get pay.

You know there are still some people who won't use certain instruments of modern technology just because they either don't think they can make the switch or they're just stubborn.

"Mi too old fi dem ting deh" is the usual refrain. I'm sure we've all seen older persons with 'banger' phones, which they are quite happy to stick with, even though their children and grandchildren would like to send them a nice Samsung or iPhone.

 

CHANGE CAN BE HARD

 

Now, I will admit there are times I'm not sure I can take on new things either. Plus, change can be hard. So I totally understand the reluctance.

When the whole Latin dance craze was just about kicking up big time in Jamaica, my friends and some co-workers tried extremely hard to get me to try it.

All now I don't fling one foot yet.

They say you're never too old to learn, and there are times when I've thought so too. But even I know there are octogenarians getting higher degrees now so that theory is baloney.

Another quote, which for some time was attributed to Charles Darwin (but it really wasn't his) says, "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change."

You've got to admit that even if you don't subscribe to the evolution theory of life, there is some merit to it.

I've said many times that Sir Alex Ferguson, long-time manager of Manchester United, left the game because he knew his way of doing things was no longer going to work in this 'money era' of football.

Unlike him, Arsene Wenger, Arsenal's former manager, decided to stick around, using practically the same tactics he used when he took over the team in 1996.

By the time he left the post at the end of last season, there were plenty of calls for his sacking.

After all he'd done for the team, it might seem harsh, but I understand the public's frustration and the wider outlook on change.

Change, like death, is a constant. So you're going to have to face it at some point.

I've started to realise the readiness with which you embrace it makes the meeting that much easier.

You have to be willing to morph in some way, or, like the dinosaurs that scientists were especially fond of, you will face (a form of) extinction.

Later.