So, in my previous post, we touched base on how adaptability & flexibility comes to be the hallmark of knowledge and development. Also, we looked into the importance of the role of adaptability in Resilience. Click here to read the first part of this post: Adaptability: One of the hallmarks of Happiness! – Part I
So the takeaways were ,
- Adaptability is not about imitating others, it is but comparing , analogizing the options to grow and survive.
- It is to accept change and go through challenges all by being what you are and what you stand for.
- Finally, In order to bounce back to the shape after being bent out of the shape, you will need to perceive things clearly and adapt what works for you. So technically, adapt things to bounce back to shape !
Here we go, today, we will start with the simple block diagram on how every new situation , every change gets rough and how we panic to adapt change.
Now, read on to know how adaptive cum resilient people intelligently adapt to their threats and changes in life!
Stephen William Hawking, a renowned astrophysicist was born on 8 January 1942 (300 years after the death of Galileo) in Oxford, England. His parents’ house was in north London, but during the second world war, Oxford was considered a safer place to have babies. At the age of eleven, Stephen went to St. Albans School and then on to University College, Oxford; his father’s old college. Stephen wanted to study Mathematics, although his father would have preferred medicine. Mathematics was not available at University College, so he pursued Physics instead. After three years and not very much work, he was awarded a first class honours degree in Natural Science.
Stephen then went on to Cambridge to do research in Cosmology, there being no one working in that area in Oxford at the time. After gaining his Ph.D. he became first a Research Fellow and later on a Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College.After leaving the Institute of Astronomy in 1973, Stephen came to the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in 1979. Stephen is still an active part of Cambridge University and retains an office at the Department for Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics.Stephen Hawking has worked on the basic laws which govern the universe. His many publications include The Large Scale Structure of Spacetime with G F R Ellis, General Relativity: An Einstein Centenary Survey, with W Israel, and 300 Years of Gravity, with W Israel. Among the popular books Stephen Hawking has published are his best seller A Brief History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, The Universe in a Nutshell, The Grand Design and My Brief History.
Professor Hawking has twelve honorary degrees. He was awarded the CBE in 1982, and was made a Companion of Honour in 1989. He is the recipient of many awards, medals and prizes, is a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.
Stephen was diagnosed with ALS, a form of Motor Neurone Disease, shortly after his 21st birthday and as such is only able to communicate by using a small sensor which is activated by a muscle in his cheek. He uses this sensor to ‘type’ characters and numbers on his keyboard. In spite of being wheelchair bound and dependent on a computerized voice system for communication, Stephen Hawking continues to combine family life (he has three children and three grandchildren), and his research into theoretical physics together with an extensive programme of travel and public lectures. He still hopes to make it into space one day. – Credit – Hawking.org .Illness and disability did not stop him from pursuing things he wanted!
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change – Stephen William Hawking
Here are the few strategies what adaptive cum resilient people do to stay upbeat:
- They have better understanding of self
- They know what they stand for
- They are open-minded
- They live in current-right now mode.
- They think ahead.
- They give auto-suggestion to handle tough situations before reacting.
- They know happiness is always a “by and by” stuff.
- They never blame others nor blame themselves.
- They have “little to no” desire for fame.
- They experiment.They reinvent themselves once in a while.
- They analogize their coping mechanisms.
- They have systems in place.
Coming back to the equation that Adaptability = Resistance: Resilience: Analogizing, now, we are just left with “Resistance” in this equation. Also, as I said Resistance takes up greater part nearly 80% in the phase of adaptability.
I would like to recall a small anecdote here as the capacity of resistance is always being confused with the things “what you resist”. Resist what ruins you. Resist not what cultivate you.
An experiment of “boiling frog” was held few years ago. It was found that, “If a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.” –Credit :Wikipedia
This story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to or be aware of threats that occur gradually.
If resistance is one of your trait you may want to realize the importance of it from the below points, provided you are clear about what you resist?
- You will be sensitive to your world.
- You will be sensitive to your thoughts, I mean you will call for continuous renewal of knowledge, attitude, skills and habits.
- You will be sensitive to unlearning and learning things.
- You will try and assimilate every new situation.
- You will be clear about the information at hand and judge requirements accordingly.
- You will be sensitive in anticipating the future.
Live your life intelligently and efficiently. Adapt ! Your Life will be interesting. Stay Happy! Wake Joy!!