Change May or May Not Be Good, But It’s Always Difficult

Our Light Byte yesterday was from the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, talking about the difficulty of change – something I suspect we have all heard and felt ourselves. Lest you think the subject and issue is a new one, here’s a quote from Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527) that may make you pause a minute and recognize that "change" is a subject that has been around for a while. He noted:

It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institutions and merely lukewarm defenders of those who would gain by the new ones.