Recently I conducted a workshop for a company who wanted to discuss the change process. We had a really interesting day talking about a whole host of things connected to change. One of the things I did when setting up the workshop was to put some quotes around the room – it’s always good to have something to chat about, start discussions or just have a nosey at during the coffee break. Or perhaps something to read in case of any drifting off and staring at the walls (hopefully not in my workshops!).

One of the quotes I liked the most was from Maya Angelou who sadly died yesterday. In her most eloquent way she said:

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty” Maya Angelou

Other quotes that I thought relevant to the day were:

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance”

Alan Watts

“Change is the only constant”


“Be the change that you wish to see in the world”

Mahatma Gandhi

“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”

Stephen Hawking

“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”

Carl Jung

And just in case there is a danger of us taking ourselves too seriously (and because my daughter has just discovered Star Wars):

“But you can’t stop the change, no more than you can stop the suns from setting.”

Shmi Skywalker, to her son Anakin Skywalker

Finally, I couldn’t help but include some Bob Dylan, perhaps to get my participants humming to themselves and triggering moments of inspiration!

“Come gather ’round, people, wherever you roam

And admit that the waters around you have grown

And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone

If your time to you is worth savin’

Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone

For the times they are a-changin’”

Bob Dylan

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