Change: You Have To Break A Few Eggs

Most mornings during the week, I make breakfast for my wife and me.

I start with butter or olive oil in the pan, add some meat or vegetables or both, then crack some eggs and add some cheese, salt, pepper and spices. The finished product is an omelet that is cut in half – and breakfast is served.

A few weeks back, we watched a cooking show and saw the chef crack eggs into a bowl and beat them vigorously for three minutes. While they were cooking, he folded them in on themselves. The result was fluffy, restaurant-quality eggs.

I was determined to make better eggs, so I tried his method. The eggs were good, but they did not look like those on TV. The next day it was my wife’s turn, and the results were the same. The day after that was my turn again. I was closer to the mark, but my eggs were still not the same as on TV.

“Enough,” my wife said. “Just make them the old way.”

We didn’t anticipate that the outcome of changing the way we make eggs would be anything less than perfect.

Seriously: It’s eggs, not a lunar landing. We took a risk, and, having failed, quickly reverted to what was comfortable – the ways things have always been. Now I switch back and forth between recipes.

The BA Senior Center has grown over the past year, and it will continue to grow if we are to remain the best place for active adults in Broken Arrow and Eastern Tulsa County.

However, lots of questions arise every day. How can we expand the space currently used by quilting, crafts and crochet? What happens if we reach the room capacity of our weekly poker activity? Can we build a parking garage out of spare parts (probably not)? Would people attend a presentation on end-of-life issues and advanced directives? Is the time right to offer a seminar detailing the benefits of CBD oil and explaining the recently passed medical marijuana laws?

I spoke with a member the other day, and she told me that she had a great vision for the Broken Arrow Senior Center. She had plans to grow the Center and have us ready to occupy two buildings. The only part of the plan that didn’t gel in my mind was that “nothing would change,” because “older adults don’t like change. So just keep things moving the way they’ve always been.”

Fear of change is a very real thing. It’s not limited to older adults, younger adults, adolescents or infants. It affects everyone and everything. Very few people don’t feel anxious at the prospect of a minor adjustment or a significant upheaval, and the problem becomes much worse when fear of change keeps them from making rational decisions.

Every organization changes over time and the BA Senior Center is no exception.

We hope you’ll be with us for every leg of our future journey. Some things might be hard to embrace immediately, but, together, we’ll be stronger if we’re united with one clear vision – having a safe place for older adults to stay physically active and socially engaged.