“Intelligence is the ability— Stephen Hawking
to adapt to change.”
“Your ability to adapt to failure,— Viola Davis
and navigate your way out of it,
absolutely 100 percent
makes you who you are.”
“To survive and even thrive— Frances Arnold
in a changing world,
nature offers another great lesson:
the survivors are those who
at the least adapt to change,
or even better
learn to benefit from change
and grow intellectually and personally.
That means careful listening
and constant learning.”
Today’s MotD encourages us to adapt with ease whenever things change as best we can. It does get easier the more we do it. Think about what professional tennis players do while waiting on a return shot. Rather than planting their feet and then moving once they know where the ball is going to go (which usually means they’ll miss the shot because it already flew right past them), they are constantly moving their feet so that they can quickly adapt and adjust their body and racket with each return accordingly.
That’s how we can do it too. Be ready for the “shot” while making adjustments as new information or experiences come our way.
Jennifer Guttman Psy.D offers five techniques for being more adaptable:
- Ask additional questions
- Look through a different lens
- Experimentation is learning
- Be comfortable with discomfort
- Accept change is inevitable
Our challenge becomes “facing the fact we are living in an unprecedented, unstable, and chaotic time in the world,” per Guttman. That being said, we are encouraged to make plans, go after our dreams, achieve our goals knowing that things could change and that we can adapt with ease.
“The only thing that makes life possible— Ursula K. Le Guin
is permanent, intolerable uncertainty;
not knowing what comes next.”
The Mandala Lady
btw…started with this and a shimmer view: