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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

In the big, flashy and groovy dance act that is your day-to-day life, choosing Disraeli's choreography style could make all the difference

"This should work this way, if everyone would do their part", she says.
And she is right, I have no doubt about that. 
Still, this is very probably not how things are going to look like, in the end.

It is tempting to plan, to think and to act as if we were living in an ideal world and to hope for the perfect scenario to happen every single time.
Thing is... We don't live in an ideal world and the perfect scenario rarely happens.

["All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players"
is a famous quote from William Shakespeare's As You Like It.
The world can also be seen as a dance floor...
And even if not all moves are created equal, 
they are going to be part of your choreography, at some point...
Thanks to Sonja for the pic!]

You can either hope for the world to meet your expectations or decide to be open for what could differ from them and to embrace serendipity, while dealing with the situation you are exposed to.

In one case, you will probably end up frustrated and angry. At others, at the circumstances, at yourself, at our post-modern Western society. The mileage may vary.
In the other case, you will probably stay flexible and be able to adapt to the circumstances and to make the most out of them, while optimizing what you can and minimizing the damage, if some should happen. 

["Change is inevitable. Change is constant"
is one among many Disraeli's notorious quotes.
Over one hundred years ago, he already knew
that, in order to thrive, we must adapt constantly]

People are different, expectations are different, circumstances and scenarios are different. Most of the time, they are also subjected to some degree of change and unpredictability, if group dynamics, human nature, and many options are involved. (Hint: They almost always are, if you are not living on a desert island)

I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.
Benjamin Disraeli [1804-1881]

So feel free to hope for the best but prepare for the worst, so that you can still decide how to act (instead of merely reacting) under any kind of circumstances and go along with them.
Like they are, not like you want them to be. It will make it easier for you to laugh along, if life should throw a curveball at you while you were expecting an easy one.

Tags: Change, Growth mindset, Serendipity, Being flexible, Quotes

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