This is a picture of one of the dozens of torches that surround the World Showcase at Disney’s Epcot. “Passing of the torch” is how we describe the transitions that frequently occur in business, government and private life. With the passing of the torch, knowledge is often transferred, along with authority and responsibility. A functional organization celebrates the transition with a ceremony steeped in tradition, respect, and deference to something larger than those involved. This graceful demonstration of civility provides reassurance and confidence – hope – for the future.
“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.” – Henry David Thoreau