Conclusion… (Episode 6 of 6)
MY FRIEND FIGARO is a single story which I have partitioned into six episodes which I plan to post daily with each episode flowing into the next. For maximum understanding, you have to follow the unfolding story daily for the number of days it will run.
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With respect to the memory of my friend Figaro, I feel mandated to share seven principles about change, having had time to reflect deeply on the subject of understanding and mastering change.
Change is a given. Nothing ever remains rigid and immobile in this life. I can tell you that categorically having lived as a fly all my life. That is why we have night and day, sun and rain. It’s obvious, isn’t it obvious? I have even heard humans say that the earth rotates and spins. However, I haven’t been able to wrap my fly-brain around that fact yet, not that I doubt it, it’s just that I have my own reservations about it. Be that as it may, the fact of the matter is that change is a given; it is bound to happen and it always happens.
Change will happen irrespective of your conscious application of any form of influence. It is best to anticipate change so that when it eventually happens you won’t be caught off-guard because you would have created secondary channels of escape to cushion the effect it would have on you when it finally comes.
Change is fast. I couldn’t agree more with this principle. I still remember how fast the situation changed on the day that Figaro lost his life (sighs). One minute, we were enjoying the steaming pan of pie, oblivious of any danger, the next minute we were running for our lives. When change happens, it usually does so with speed. You have to match its pace if you are to survive.
Change will take you for a ride if you are not aware of it. It is always better to study the avenue that will lead you to escape in the event of a sudden change. I can’t imagine what would have happened to me if I hadn’t scouted around for a secondary escape route on that fateful day. Maybe, I would have been like Figaro (shudders).
Change is not apologetic. When it happens, it usually doesn’t come pleading and negotiating with you. The sudden appearance of our hostile assailants was not with any prior information. Figaro and I were boxed in before we realized what had happened to us. Our primary escape point i.e. our entry point was sealed off before we could say “buzz”. I advise you to embrace this principle and you will never be surprised. I am a fly and I know what I’m telling you. I heard a human by name Sun Tzu, a renowned war strategist made the following statement, “know your enemy, know yourself and in a hundred battles you will never be in peril”. You see, your enemy here is change, know him and know yourself so that when it battles against you, you will never be in peril.
Change can be controlled. When you understand and internalize all of the above principles, you will be well on your way to victory, as you will be positioned with all the advantages and the knowledge of change management required to control change as it comes your way.
Drive the change. This last one is more or less an instruction that you are required to comply with if you desire to live long in this dangerous and perilous world as a fly. The responsibility of understanding, anticipating, and learning the rudiments of change management together with the skills needed to drive it are entirely up to you.
My sincere advice is for you to adhere to these principles as failure to do so will set you on the same path as my friend Figaro.
I guess I’ll stop right here, I have a heap of decaying compost to “attend” to, as you know “a fly has got to do what a fly has to do” (Winks). THE END.
– MARTIN THE FLY.
Written by Ikenna Anyadike.