Ahead of us, and behind – contemplating change

Change is hard. It’s uncomfortable. Does that mean it is bad? Depends on your perspective.

Socrates said “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Our town is in a season of change. From small business growth to large commercial growth, Wickenburg is on the brink.

What do we want to see when it comes to growth? What will the growth change? Those who have followed the growth over the past several years will know that decisions made to annex and grow did not come without question of the future. Many questioned whether Wickenburg Ranch would be a success.

With the downtown hotel development (proposed earlier this year and currently off the table) we are left to wonder … all because the change was not embraced nor given the opportunity.

I will admit when the plans first hit the press I thought, “Really … another hotel and restaurant? Where are they going to get help? More low-wage positions for Wickenburg – where are these people going to live?”

The perception of Downtown and what this development could mean for Wickenburg residents and its visitors was overshadowed by the burning questions of what-if.

So I ask what is the opportunity cost of change? What are we losing if the change happens? What are we gaining?

Often our perception of reality is not the truth. We are all quick to judge and to take info from non-credible sources or taking the whole story from a headline.  

After further review of the potential hotel development company and its efforts in other rural towns, I was encouraged to see the foresight these developers had, because they were apparently also planning to bring reasonably priced housing to Wickenburg.

So why did we shoot it down? Was it because we didn’t want to see the old Trinidad home in Heritage Square torn down? Well, the developer had a solution for that. We didn’t want to see a four-story hotel downtown, so the plans were rearranged to build three-story hotel instead. This developer willingly accommodated the public’s interest. So what was the resistance then? Fear of change?

Nobody ever talks about the part where you’re no longer a caterpillar and not yet a butterfly. You don’t know where you’re going. All you know is that every fiber of your being is calling for transformation. For disruption. For a revolution of the spirit. So surrender. Breakdown. This is your rebirth. And these are called growing pains.

Wickenburg is growing, it can be uncomfortable because what once was our reality is now new and uncomfortable to look at, but if we do then we get the opportunity to change and grow.

Just as the leaves change in fall to remind us that shedding the old and allowing new growth for the Spring is good. We need to stop and ask ourselves what am I doing to be a positive change in my life or the life of others, or my community. What would I like to see for Wickenburg’s future? What am I willing to do to get involved to actively participate in the change? Change happens everyday. We just get the choice of whether to embrace it or not.

Embracing with caution is also OK … for those who need control.

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