Thursday, October 1, 2020

"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." Stephen Hawking


                                Professor Stephen Hawking A Briefer History of Time  

Today is October 1. In southwestern Pennsylvania, the leaves are changing, along with the wind and the sky. Cool winds push clouds the color of cigarette ashes across the sky.   My sleeveless golf shirts are put away, and my cashmere sweaters are out of the cedar chest, ready to wear. My thoughts of cooking are turning from grilling to making soup.  Fall is here, and Winter can't be far behind.

I enjoy the change of seasons.  Despite the snow and cold, I have no desire to move to sunny Florida.  I like to go there for vacation, but I will keep Pittsburgh. One of the lessons to take from the Pittsburgh climate is this: One must be able to adapt to change, which is inevitable.  That is also a great lesson for Life.

So many of us have a comfort zone, and we don't want to change.  We like things just the way they are, and if Life is going well for us, we don't want anything to change.  Sadly, change is unavoidable, no matter how much we try to escape it.  We have no choice but to adapt.  Just as the trees lose their leaves and patiently wait through the long Winter before bursting into the flower of Spring, we must be patient with the changes that will happen to us.  Sometimes, we must wait a while and think them through, before deciding on the best way to cope with Life changes.  Sometimes, we have no time to consider the changes, and we must adapt the best we can as we go along. 

Change can lead to new and exciting adventures, and although it is sometimes scary, we must learn to adapt to the inevitable changes that will happen throughout our lives.  "Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." Stephen Hawking 

Happy October.  Fall is here. 

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