How Are You at Adaptability?

” … that it is he who had become accustomed to their schedule.” by Paulo Coelho in The Alchemist

In this line Santiago, the shepherd boy, is thinking about how he and his sheep get up at the same time. His first thought is that the sheep have gotten used to his time schedule. Then he thinks it might be the other way around. One thing I’d like to point out is that this is the only time in the whole book that we see the boy’s name – Santiago. From here on out he is referred to as the boy, the shepherd, etc. Just something to ponder.

This line got me to thinking about how we adapt to certain schedules. When I was a kid, summer time meant that I could stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning and then sleep until noon the next day. I can’t do that now, not even on days that I don’t have to get up for work. My whole life has adapted to my work schedule. New parents quickly adapt to the baby’s schedule then spend many hours getting the child to adapt to the parents’ schedule. Kids adapt to their school schedule, adults adapt to their work schedule. It’s what we do to function in our society.

So think about your life for a moment and see if there is an area in it where you have adapted your behaviors, your schedule, or your thinking to help fit in. You did this to make it easier. Maybe you did this so you wouldn’t stick out, be noticed, or considered odd. Then ask whether you really wanted to adapt or if you did it without thinking.

I believe human beings are a very, very adaptable species. It helps us survive all sorts of disasters, harsh conditions and deplorable circumstances. It is an amazing ability, one we often use without thought or notice. How would your life change if you started being deliberate in your adaptability? How would your life be different if you adapted quickly and easily to the changes that happened around you? While other business, corporations and agencies are staggering under the weight of all the recent changes, what would happen if you quickly adapted to the opportunities that are now opening up?

Change and adapt, change and adapt, change and adapt. It is a powerful pattern that can bring you tremendous advantage. Be deliberate in your adaptability.


In love and light



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