Songs, movies, books and people have been inspired by the phrase.
But where did it come from and how do we make the most of it?
“The wind of change is blowing through this continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.” –British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. From this speech:
The Wind of Change speech was a historically important address made by to the Parliament of South Africa, on 3 February 1960 in Cape Town. [Macmillan] had spent a month in Africa visiting a number of British colonies, as they were at the time. The speech signalled clearly that the Conservative-controlled British Government intended to grant independence to many of these territories, which indeed happened subsequently, with most of the British possessions in Africa becoming independent nations in the 1960s. The Labour governments of 1945–51 had started a process of decolonisation but this policy had been halted by the Conservative governments from 1951 onwards.
The occasion was in fact the second time on which Macmillan had given this speech: he was repeating an address already made in Accra, Ghana (formerly the British colony of the Gold Coast) on 10 January 1960. This time it received press attention, at least partly because of the stony reception that greeted it.
Macmillan’s Cape Town speech also made it clear that Macmillan included South Africa in his comments and indicated a shift in British policy in regard to apartheid with Macmillan saying:
As a fellow member of the Commonwealth it is our earnest desire to give South Africa our support and encouragement, but I hope you won’t mind my saying frankly that there are some aspects of your policies which make it impossible for us to do this without being false to our own deep convictions about the political destinies of free men to which in our own territories we are trying to give effect.–Wikipedia
Many of us abhor change. We fight it. We denigrate it. In the least we resist it.
In the end, it comes anyway.
The great Jim Rohn (pictured in upper right corner of this page) said:
The same wind blows on us all; the winds of disaster, opportunity and change. The same wind blows on us all. Therefore, it is not the blowing of the wind, but the setting of the sails that will determine our direction in life.
Others passed along similar wisdom with powerful words, each with a different positive aspect worth considering:
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
― Lao Tzu
“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”
― Maya Angelou
“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
― George Bernard Shaw
“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
― Eckhart Tolle
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
― Albert Einstein