Short and Sweet #131 – Adapt or Suffer


It is important in life to be able to adapt to our current situation. This does not mean that we give up. What it does mean is that we accept our current circumstances and then take action to create what we want. Why is it important to adapt? Life is always changing whether we want it to or not, whether we notice it or not. Change is constant in this life, to think otherwise is an error and will lead to suffering. If we do not learn to adapt then we will suffer more because we will always want things to be different from what they are. This is resisting what is and remember that whatever we resist will persist and intensify.

I have a friend who has many health issues, most of them are related to her life style and habits. She refuses to stop smoking or drinking and jokes about this as though it were a badge of honor. I understand the power of addiction, but even an addict must adapt or die. When we ignore the messages of our body and continue to do what hurts it then we will suffer. We can be so focused on wanting to keep doing what we like that we cannot see the big picture. We must listen to our body, intuition and higher guidance then adapt our behaviors to heal and stop suffering.

Another example is someone I know who had to move to another city for work. They did not want to move but had no choice since there was no work in their hometown. Moving out of state was difficult for this person and they felt homesick and lonely. Now over two years later this person still complains about being homesick and lonely. When our past becomes our story in the present, we suffer waiting for something that will never show up again.

We can always find new ways to connect with people, our bodies and where we live; our nature is to connect. We can always find ways to adapt and change how we feel about the circumstances we are in and our lives. Everyone has resisted a new situation in his or her life, perhaps a new job, moving, health issue or some other unforeseen occurrence. Having adapted to it we become more comfortable and this frees up energy to create something different, if we want. Often when we let go and adapt we find we like our new circumstances. Our happiness or lack thereof is not created or taken away by external circumstances. We do that all on our own by not adapting and resisting the here and now.

 

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