The CHAlleNGE to Adapt


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Our sanity as human beings is challenged on a daily basis as we struggle to live a meaningful life. We are constantly bombarded with communication, behavior and challenges to change our views, preferences, behaviors, habits and lives.

It can be unsettling at times as we navigate the waters of our existence. Viewed from a personal development lens, however, we in fact, should embrace change as it provides alternative views of the world, issues and ideas.

What it also critically instills in us, when properly faced and addressed is an inner strength to be open-minded, consider opposing views, learn from others and it also questions and reinforces our core values.

In truth, change can be our friend if we consciously acknowledge its inevitability (and necessity), welcome it as a positive influence and leverage it to grow as a human being, positively impact the world around us and perhaps most importantly, sharpen our self-awareness to strive to meet our potential in life.

Let’s focus for a moment, however, on change itself. Specifically, let’s talk about lizards.

Whoever thought of asking a lizard for advice? Probably no one, however, observing a chameleon to study survival might not be all that far-fetched. Specifically, a chameleon has the ability to change its color to blend in or adapt to its environment. Call it the power to transition, transform, or transcend. According to Webster’s Dictionary, ‘trans’ means “beyond, through, to change or transfer”. Indeed, change is an everyday occurrence (at least for the chameleon).

The rising and setting of the sun portrays one of the most visible and dramatic illustrations of change. You would think that people would struggle with adapting to it. As a result of ‘practice’, though, we have come to understand, react, expect, and ultimately plan for it to happen. We have ‘adapted’ to the change. We have adapted so well, in fact, that most of us probably don’t even think of it as a change event; it just happens…. If only all change could be that easy. Indeed, to the degree that we master any change, it will be that easy.

Consider the following thoughts. On a regular basis, we deliberately and consciously look for signs that read “20 Minute Oil Change”. For many of us, we change the time twice a year. We can’t even make up our minds which way to go; once forward, then once back. We purchase barometers and thermometers that help us ‘measure’ change.   A navigator changes course to adapt to winds and currents. Product manufacturers have it (and us) figured out. They created change ‘machines’ to help us change our bills for coins so we can purchase more of their product. A baby’s birth, the death of an elderly man, the butterfly’s emergence or transformation.

Time changes every second!  Change is life. Life means change.

One of the best books I’ve ever found on Managing Change was quite by chance.  I was rummaging through books on a table in the employee lounge of a company where I had worked.  They periodically “cleaned house” in the corporate library and would free up space by removing “old” books by offering them for free to employees.  I ran across a book entitled: “Managing Transitions – Making the Most of Change” by William Bridges.  It was written and published in 1991, yet as many things are in life, I learned it to be a timeless work of exceptionalism and truth.  I highly recommend it as a trusted and superior reference in dealing with change not only in a business environment, but also equally effectively in your personal life.

Embracing Change can be a Beautiful Thing

In a nutshell, the more we embrace and learn how to deal with change, the better we will be able to manage

it; the better we will be able to adapt to our ever-changing world.  Without change, life ceases to exist.

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About MW Cerkas

Compassion for People, Passion for Writing, Living my Conscience; "Look for the Good, Always" Positive, Creative, Seasoned Writer, Leader, Marketer, Authentic Spirit, Entrepreneur. Continuously seeking the GOOD in others and how to HELP them. Paying it Forward, Preparing for Eternity. Be well!

Posted on September 18, 2012, in Natural Beauty, Personal Growth, Philosophy, Truths, Videos and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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