The only absolutely certain constant in the Universe is change. Change will happen — sometimes slowly, sometimes instantaneously. Like it or not, change happens.
Much you can do nothing about. The planet is turning, winds come and go, volcanoes erupt, the earth quakes, and yadda-yadda. You can vote, attend protests, give money to worthy causes — and that’s the limit of what you can do on that level of change.
When it comes to your life, and the things that happen to you — how you adapt to them is entirely on you.
Some people are very good at adapting to change when it happens. Others are less good at it. Of course, some people just don’t adapt well or at all.
This is where a great deal of conflict comes from. Because of the inability of some to adapt, they try so hard to maintain their perceived notion of status quo that they resist, fail to adapt and wind up taking a stand that is based on artifices, false realities, and sometimes outright lies.
They hold to an idea that may, for the very briefest moment, have existed — but when gone, their failure to be adaptable causes them to instead be intractable.
When it comes to adapting to change when it affects you personally, you have the power to choose what to do.
Adaptation is a conscious effort
Adapting to change comes easily for very few. In my own experience, the easiest way to do this is via mindfulness.
Mindfulness is practicing being conscious in the here-and-now of what you are thinking, what and how you are feeling, and the intent of any actions you are taking. That awareness puts you inside your head, which lets you have influence and control over your mindset/headspace/psyche.
Hence, when change happens, you are better prepared to do something with it.
The ability to adapt serves many purposes. It makes it a lot easier not just to go with the flow and be less rigid in your approach to life in general. In the process, it makes it easier to shift your consciousness as situations arise that may…