These pearls of wisdom seem all too relevant and purposeful today as we begin 2016, amid the chaotic state of the oil and gas sector. It is our hope that these words provide a source of encouragement. Change in life is inevitable – how we cope with it can make all the difference.
Coping with Change – by Maury Shurlds, Sr.
All aspects of life are in a constant cycle of change. These changes benefit some of the world’s societies, and may hurt others. The same is true of individuals. This has always been true with religion, the military, politics, education, business thus the economy, health and social issues. Within this framework, we as individuals and as groups can at most manipulate change and adjust to it.
To adapt/survive change and become stronger, a person must use his wits and live above the fray. If one lives in the fray, he is susceptible to becoming a part of the chaos it can create. “Never burn your bridges.” A network of relationships in all areas of life can carry a person through these cycles and emerge with confidence and experience. The mistake some make is in worrying and short term thinking. Attacking the problems and solving them as best one can, along with long-term planning is a much better solution.
Optimism and humor are the spices of life. Use them judiciously. Preparation, hard work, and faith are the kernels of life. Use them liberally.
Yes, I am a child of the Great American Depression and have lived through good times and bad times. By the world’s standards, I am a person of privilege. Yes, I am an American. Be thankful if you are.
Maury Shurlds, Sr. (father of Henry Shurlds) is from the Greatest Generation, and quite possibly the youngest 90 year old you may ever encounter! He is an author and gifted teacher who has overcome significant adversity in life, and someone we all can learn from. Maury was a public school educator for 40+ years in his native state of Mississippi where he lives comfortably on a small farm.