be adaptable 13/26 (audio 1:53)

Le Montreur de Arras/The Cockatoo Showman, Jose Silbert (1862-1936)

This is the thirteenth installment of “Be  Ready for the Wonderful: Words of Well-Being to Ease Your Way Through Change.”

Be Adaptable

There are times to be patient and times to act. There are times to rise up strong and independent and times to sink to the floor in surrender. Change may very well ask you to be wildly proactive one day and hands-off the next, or an outspoken go-getter one week and a quiet listener before the next one rolls around.

Your best chance at riding out flux is to remain fluid in all things and unduly attached to none. This need not be backbreaking work, though flexibility and the willingness to shake the ridigity out of your bones are key.

Resist the temptation to jump to conclusions too early. Don’t leap over obstacles in your rush to reach a destination before tasting the fullness of the journey. The endless procession of choices and opportunities will continue with or without you; haste is a waste of your energy.

You’ll never be able to speed up change or slow its inherent momentum — and why would you want to? Every stage of the process comes bearing its own gifts, and an inability to adapt will strip you of valuable dividends and the wealth they contain.

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