Beliefs, Laughter and Change

What is the nature of change and how difficult is it to effect even a desired change in our personal lives? Arguably, we control very little in the world, and the realm of personal choice may be one of few places where we can directly leverage change—and witness appreciable results.


Yet, the lure and pattern of the status quo traps us before we know it, unless we remain acutely aware of each and every choice we make—and therefore seize the opportunities we are granted to make those changes minute to minute. To enact change is to make informed choices a day; it's exercise for one's brain and one's comfort level, a dance of constant stress and recovery.


Within CityLab7, we discuss personal choices and the daily life events that lead to those choices: transportation (bus v. bike v. car), food (leftovers v. eating out, local v. non-local, organic v. farm-bludgeoned), and even analyzing what choices give rise to happiness.


From our inception in January 2009, we have dedicated ourselves to doing things differently: we say what we mean, even if it’s difficult to hear. We approach life with a sense of openness to serendipity and the unknown. We look beyond artifacts,  buildings and processes to focus on people, artistic intervention, relationships, mad science, and–yes–happiness.


Most importantly, we laugh. A lot.
I'm convinced that our group’s curious, clever, quick-witted, and occasionally bawdy sense of humor is what forms the tight bond between us. From our ability to share laughter (joy) has grown a sense of calm respect, and ultimately, a safe place to share ideas and allow others to help make them better.


Today, while discussing strategy for an upcoming meeting, Stephen and I immediately applied the old methods of laying out an agenda, introductions Q&A, and presentation.


Then it hit us: we no longer need to "behave." We don’t need to be perfect—we need to be us. Our group is about layers and collaboration, not taking turns and holding boards. We need to be the change that we keep telling other people they should affect in their own business practices.


We realized that we need to talk more about what we believe and worry less about trying to sell a product. We don’t need to bottle our passion and curiosity; it’s finally time to set it free. After all, it is our beliefs that originally brought us together as a team and continue to hold us together as friends and partners.


Thankfully, as early adopters, we catch our own shortcomings quickly [...she writes, wearing a crooked smile...] but it's an excellent reminder of how challenging change is—even when you want it.
posted by gabbi