Greetings from Administration: April 2019

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By Gary Hibbs

Executive Director

Leadership guru John Maxwell, in his latest book Leadershift, opens his first chapter with a quick, three-word quote from Thomas Edgley, which I thought so very appropriate as we enter into Spring.  “Change or die” is what Edgley said.  Wow.  Pretty thought provoking!  Doesn’t sound like much of a choice, does it?   

So, Spring and change and growth are all on my mind!  It was perfect timing that just last night I went to dinner and sat next to a resident who will be 100 years old this Spring season.  I couldn’t help but think about this quote as I was chatting with him.  He is engaging, forward-looking and positive about the future.  As I asked about his past, it was clear to me that he didn’t fight aging and its impact on his life.  Quite the contrary.  He embraced it and was accepting of the necessary changes he had to make.  He didn’t seem to get stuck in the past at all but was especially attractive as he clearly accepted life on life’s terms and looked forward to the next day and what it might bring.  It was so inspiring.

I received more than just physical food last night at dinner.  I was fed and full through the positive, infectious approach of one who was clearly present and living.  Yes, we’ve heard it all before:  change is the one constant.  I for one can get a little anxious with that statement.  But, at the end of the day, it is life to change.  We have a choice in how we see change.  And, if we pay attention to the quip of Thomas Edgley and the positive lives of those around us, the healthy choice for each of us is clear.  Change or die.

I look forward to seeing you fully alive this Spring and embracing our ever-changing, vibrant Riderwood!

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