The advantage of adaptability

People are planners.

We create visions in our heads of what we think our lives will look like.

The problem with planning is that when things don’t end up looking the way we had envisioned, it throws us off.

We get angry or frustrated. We get sad and defeated. We feel powerless. 

It seems as though we often forget the fact that life doesn’t go according to plan.

This is a reality which I have come to know well, especially within the past year.

Realizing and accepting the fact that my plan will almost undoubtedly change has allowed me to become more adaptable. I am better at going with the flow than I used to be. I’m also much better at staying present.

When we plan for the future or dwell on the past, we’re not living in the present.

When we’re not living in the present, it’s easy to get caught up in emotions which are related to events that already happened or have yet to happen. Aka useless emotions, since feeling them doesn’t change the reality.

The reality is that life happens. Things come up that alter the picture you created in your mind for your future.

What I’ve learned, or what I think, is that rather than spending time dwelling over the past or planning out the future, we’re better off practicing our ability to adapt to changing circumstances.

Adaptability allows us to more easily adjust to a new reality when it presents itself.

“Because the only sure thing about your plan, is that it is going to change.”

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