In a recent post I wrote about my plans for building a condiment basket. The experience of building that basket taught me a lesson about being an adaptable person.

Have you ever noticed while you are trying to work on a project, whatever it may be, that often things do not work out as perfectly as planned.

Often you have to improvise along the way.

Whether it be a measurement that was incorrect, something was cut wrong, or some parts were missing, there are adjustments that have to be made.

In the case of building my condiment basket — which was done from scratch — there were a few things that went went wrong.

On the first attempt, I did not have all of the wood that was needed, but there were some other pieces of wood that could be used instead.

This ended up being just a prototype because the plywood used was too thin to safely carry the condiments and the size was not practical.

For the second attempt, all the wood necessary was gotten and with the experience gained on the first attempt, the process of cutting and assembling the pieces was much quicker and the finished product was put to use.

This is the way it is with our lives.

The first time you attempt to do something new, mistakes are made. That is part of the learning process.

What do you do then? You learn from the mistakes and make adjustments.

In other words — you adapt.

However, it is not just when learning something new that mistakes can happen and things go wrong.

Mistakes can happen any time.

Things change — life happens.

What do you do then?

You have 2 choices:

  1. – you can adapt to it
  2. – you can fight it

There is a saying by Rev Michael Beckwith,

“When change comes into our life, it is what it is, accept it, harvest the good, forgive the rest.”

Whatever it is you may be working on, whether a household project or a life goal, just know that it will not be a smooth road.

There will be bumps along the way.

Things will not always be as you would like them to be.

You have to adapt and be flexible.

And the payoff when you do learn to adapt is that things also happen in your favour.

That makes it all worthwhile!

Although I still fight things in my life, I am learning to harvest the good instead.

Please share your own story of being an adaptable person.

All the best,
Derrall

 


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