We are busy preparing our world trip. Right now, we’re waiting for our Russian visa and also for our photo / video equipment. Meanwhile, we would like to dedicate this first blog post to answering one of the central questions of our trip:
What is change?
“He recognizes the corpse, it is his own. […] Anything he has ever been, ever learned, ever owned floats past him, still and without life, moved by the slow current of the wide river. It is the first moment of his liberation.”
(Van de Wetering (1975): A Glimpse of Nothingness)
The word change in German means Veränderung which – coming from the word anders – means different. Thus, change refers to the process of becoming different from before.
The German management trainer Nikolaus B. Enkelmann put it this way:
“We do not have to change. We can change. Change is freedom.”
(from the seminar Das System zum Erfolg. Ein Enkelmann-Live-Seminar 2014)
Why do we want to change? On the one side, we feel the desire to experience something totally new. On the other side, we also feel the urge to get out of our old environment. In order to change ourselves we are doing something we have never done before. This is why we world-travel.
Dear reader, how can you profit from following our story of change? What’s your gain from just reading this blog? As Enkelmann (2014) brilliantly said “a good book motivates you to practice.” But how can you practice changing?
First of all, please know that we humans learn through imitation. We can only speak our native language because we imitated our parents when we were little. Coming back to our blog this means: The more you allow yourself to read about change, the more you feel motivated to change things in your life. Maybe these are things that got stuck at the back of your mind, things you’ve already been wanting to change since long. Even if you do not feel like you want to change something, keep in mind this beautiful quote by Virginia Satir: “We can learn something new anytime we believe we can.”
Changing is learning. What we learn on our world trip we will share with you on this blog so you can learn and change too.
A final thought: Imagine you want to redecorate and refurnish your house. Since you have no idea of how you want to design your future home, you visit dozens of other houses and furniture stores to look at how they are designed. When you come back, you are surprised that you learnt nothing about your house because your house still looks so much different from all the other houses you visited. But strangely enough, you now have a vision of the perfect design, the colouring, and the new furniture of your place. You’ve come to a new understanding of your home through the many other interior designs you saw even though they had nothing to do with your interior design.
This is why
“We shall not cease from exploration
And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
(from Little Gidding by T.S. Eliot)
We wish you fantastic changes while you explore our story of change!
All the best,
Jan & Gratsi