Adaptability

DSC_0701Adjusting, changing to meet circumstances and conditions; flexibility, resiliency

The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.  K. Okakaura

Life is 10% what happens to me ad 90% how I react.  John Maxwell

The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher.  Chinese Proverb

  The trait of adaptability is necessary and vital if we are to make the most of life’s experiences. We will face many circumstances, tests, trials and tribulations which confront and challenges us to adapt and move on or not adapt and accept the consequences. Part of the human condition is the ability to adapt and adjust.

    If we could choose the circumstances and details of those things that challenge us and be in control of the conditions, it would be tempting to take the easy way out. We do not like pain, hardships, hassles, setbacks, misfortune, or disappointment. If we could prevent such things happening to us it would be hard to choose otherwise. A little wisdom reveals that if we were able to do this, we would miss out greatly on the vast majority of our growth and development. The end result would be that we would be wimps, weak, immature, naïve, unwise, and much less developed or capable of being what we should be.

    Life is certainly not a rose garden. We can enjoy the fragrance and beauty of roses throughout life, but we have to contend with the thorns that are integral to making a rose “a rose”. We do not have to relish and look forward to life’s difficulties. If we did we might have a touch of masochism in us. A mature and wise approach is to recognize and realize we will be challenged and confronted. It is like getting up and going to school or to work. It is something that is required. We can face life with an attitude of wisdom and maturity or we can whine, complain or cry “why me”. Our attitude makes all the difference. Whiners and complainers do not adapt very well. Achievers and accomplishers learn to adapt, making the most of the circumstances and the opportunities whatever they happen to be. Adaptability is a good thing to master.

    We can get up in the mornings, look in the mirror, take a deep breath and avow we will strive to do our best no matter what confronts us. If we fall down or suffer a setback, we will learn, adapt, get up and start going forward again at the earliest opportunity. Our innate ability to adapt gives us this ability. The more we learn to adapt the more we will enjoy and appreciate this journey of life.

Challenge: Life challenges you every day. You will be required to confront changes and circumstances that you would prefer to leave as is. You must adapt to these changes. You may be tempted to walk away from these challenges. It is in your best interest to take them on and work your way through them. Some things will not go away just because you want to ignore them. Sometimes consequences get more serious the longer you wait.

Wisdom: Learn to adjust yourself to the conditions you have to endure, but make a point of trying to alter or correct conditions so that they are most favorable to you. William F Book 

Spiritual: (NIV)

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

The Bible tells us all things work for good for those that love God. There are always choices. We can take on the challenges of life without God, empowered only in our own strength or we can choose to allow God to coach and guide us through life’s difficulties and challenges. We will have limited success as we battle things on our own. To live life more joyously and successfully, we need God’s loving help and advice to show us the better way.

Prayer: Help me to have more confidence as I take on life’s challenges. Help me to keep my eyes on you.

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