Routine versus adaptability. Now there’s a quandary if I ever heard one! Our two most human traits are always at odds. We are both creatures of habit who thrive on dependable things like routine and familiarity, and creatures ready for anything life throws our way—even when we think we can’t manage we typically find a way to make the necessary adjustments.
Bottom line: we’re capable of both. But one is far easier than the other. Any thoughts?
You guessed it: routine! It takes very little effort (if any) to stay in our comfort zone and go throw the motions of all that has now become habit. It’s sort of like living on autopilot.
But adaptation requires effort because it involves breaking habits. And we all know how hard it is to break a habit! Adapting means changing. Which means cutting things (and people) loose and making sacrifices. It can get messy. It’s not usually fun. Sometimes it’s downright painful. But in the end, it’s what had to be done. And often our lives are better for it.
I recently broke my a number of my own routines and am now in the midst of adapting to my new life. It’s all rather disorganized at the moment—which hurts my mildly OCD brain. The most challenging part is that I seem to be resisting the need to cut things loose. I’m trying to bring my old routines with me and fit them alongside my new ones. But there aren’t enough hours in the day! Turns out this new chapter in my life isn’t the minor shift I thought it would be. It’s big! It’s going to require a huge overhaul. So…
Lesson No. 36: Adapt.
It’s time to make sacrifices and sizeable life changes. And this could even end up impacting these Monday ramblings of mine. Time will tell, and I’ll keep you informed as I go. But for now, darling, remember that it is in your nature as a human to be able to adapt. So no matter how scary or ugly it may feel in the moment, you can do it. And sooner or later you’ll be very happy you did.
with truth and elegance,
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