Moving forward by saying goodbye. REM's anthem.

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While beginnings are often inspiring, fresh, full of possibility and potential, endings can be sad. Emotional investments for  comfort are cashed in, replaced with anxiety of the new.

Creativity Professionals owe it to their clients to help build confidence in the transition.  Successfully moving forward involves also saying goodbye.

Wouldn’t it be nice if as each ending occurs it does so with a bang, like REM’s classic line – “It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine?”

Here’s one creativity exercise for you to welcome a new way of doing business, living life, moving house…

Write your own words to replace the song’s lyrics, and keep the chorus. Then, as a group or team, sing the revised song together.  Put pictures to it to make it more meaningful.  It’s a wake of sorts that eases the transition into the new. I used this as a closing program for a client group not so long ago.  Worked like a charm.  Everyone was up out of their seats applauding and dancing.  What a kickoff to a new way of doing business, eh?

What other exercises do you use?

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” is a song by the rock band R.E.M., which appeared on their 1987 album Document, the 1988 compilation Eponymous, and the 2006 compilation And I Feel Fine… The Best of the I.R.S Years 1982–1987 It was released as a single in 1988, reaching #69 US Billboard Hot 100 and later reaching #39 in the UK singles chart on its re-release in December 1991.
That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes,
an aeroplane – Lenny Bruce is not afraid.
Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn,
world serves its own needs, dummy serve your own needs.
Feed it off an aux speak,, grunt, no, strength,
The ladder starts to clatter with fear fight down height.
Wire in a fire, representing seven games, a government for hire and a combat site.
Left of west and coming in a hurry with the furies breathing down your neck.
Team by team reporters baffled, trumped, tethered cropped.
Look at that low playing!
Fine, then.
Uh oh, overflow, population, common food, but it’ll do.
Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed dummy with the rapture and the revered and the right – right.
You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched.It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.Six o’clock – TV hour. Don’t get caught in foreign towers.
Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn.
Locking in, uniforming, book burning, blood letting.
Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate.
Light a candle, light a votive. Step down, step down.
Watch your heel crush, crushed. Uh-oh, this means no fear cavalier.
Renegade steer clear! A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies.
Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives and I decline.

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it. (It’s time I had some time alone)
It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone) and I feel fine.
(I feel fine)

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