I have always viewed change as a good thing. When I discover something new I feel as if I'm on an exciting pathway and I wonder what I will find on that road and where it will take me. I'm not sure if that puts me in a minority or not, but I think change in one area often leads to other possibilities, other adventures.

Change has been on my mind a lot lately because CabinetMaker is completely redoing its Web site, www.cabinetmakeronline.com, which will be active when this issue comes out. Preparing for the Web site has made these past few months busy and exciting with all the effort we've been putting into making it the best possible tool for our readers. Make sure and take a look it's a whole new animal and very easy to navigate.

Change can be hard

The best kind of change is finding something that can make our lives easier, more productive, more exciting or just plain more interesting and then finding a way to use it to our advantage.

That's not to say change isn't hard. I remember well when my husband and I bought our first computer and customized software for our business in 1982 this was before everyone had it and it was still quite expensive. Although it was one of the smartest decisions we ever made, it also required considerable effort and time before it paid off.

Sometimes change is much tougher. It can be about life kicking us in the teeth with its surprises and how we react to it. Some people will fold under the weight of that kind of change and some will fight the change, kicking and screaming. Finally, there are those who will face the challenge with the attitude that maybe it was time for a change anyway.

Rolando DeLeon of Trendy Interiors, page XX, has faced a lot of challenges, and rather than kicking and screaming, he just jumped into the fray and made choices that not only led to his company's survival, but led to more growth. DeLeon is a man who seems to be exceptionally open to change and seeing the possibilities in front of him.

In the end, I really believe it's about attitude. However you look at it, change is a part of life and hopefully we'll roll with the changes and not let them overwhelm us. Some people will moan and resist every step of the way and others will approach it with enthusiasm and find the process stimulating. Ultimately you can't stop it, so the thing to do is figure out how you want to face it.

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