Friday, April 26, 2013
(One in a series of posts related to decisions we must make.)
You must decide today whether you will be an ADAPTOR.
As much as we would like to have everything go according to plan, things sometimes don't.
Life throws us some curve balls from time to time.
That's how things go.
How we ADAPT to life when it ZIGS when we expected it to ZAG will make all the difference.
How ADAPTABLE are YOU?
I know folks who are caught up in their FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS.
Frankly, I have little interest in their "tragic situations" such as a lack of 4G coverage or a the woes of having an older iPhone or the local Red Box not having whatever stupid movie they wanted to watch.
First. World. Problems.
I watched a woman nearly have a meltdown earlier this week because the soda cooler at the Walmart didn't have whatever drink she wanted.
Oh... the horror!
I suspect there's little to be done for that woman or my acquaintance who was whining about his smart phone the other day.
Those sorts of people don't realize how RIDICULOUS they sound, yammering on about their non-problems.
I remember a lady here on SP video blogged about how a last-minute dinner invite "caused her to eat everything in sight" at the dinner party.
Apparently, she'd been doing a pretty good job eating in her safe little world of tightly-controlled meals.
If I remember correctly she was on some meal plan.
But then life happened.
She couldn't deal with it.
She failed to adapt to the situation.
And that's critical because those "situations" are the real world.
The real world isn't a place of tightly-controlled meals.
The real world is a bit chaotic at times.
The real world mixes things up.
Even in the midst of a dinner party there's no reason to just give up.
Particularly because ADAPTATION is within your capability.
Even in an environment where there is little "health food", guess what?
You can adapt.
You just have to DECIDE to be an ADAPTOR.
And to hone your adaptation skills.
Giving up and coming unglued is neither PRODUCTIVE nor INEVITABLE.
Adapt and overcome.
You can certainly do this if you decide to do so.
The old saying "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade" is an example of adaptation.
Despite less than ideal circumstances, there's typically a way forward.
A mindset of FLEXIBILITY is necessary though.
If you are RIGID in your thinking, you'll CONTINUALLY be frustrated and disappointed and prone to stressing over everything that doesn't go your way.
Look, most of the curve balls that get thrown our way aren't REALLY so terrible.
Some might be bad but many...
Well, many are just minor inconveniences.
The service place takes longer than you expected with your car.
Adapt. It is unlikely they INTENTIONALLY are trying to ruin your day.
You spill something on your favorite article of clothing.
Adapt. Find something else to wear.
It's not the end of the world.
THE ADAPTOR recognizes that there are alternatives.
THE ADAPTOR sees that getting upset over things typically doesn't fix anything.
THE ADAPTOR remembers that THINGS COULD BE MUCH MUCH WORSE.
Truly they could.
There are some truly tragic situations in life.
Adapt and don't let the non-tragedies of life take up "mind share" in your brain.
Stop yammering on about how awful X was and how it totally ruined your day.
Suck it up and move on.
You're going to need to be strong - stronger than your circumstances.
And the good news is that you CAN adapt.
You job today is to choose to be an ADAPTOR and make the most of every day.
I daresay that unless you can adapt, you won't be able to make the most of every day.
Make it a great day!