Minute #585: Adjustments

“Here we go again!” Mr. Stern spluttered. “The boss has decreed that the way we did it yesterday is no longer the right way. Now we have to comply with a whole new set of rules. I don’t know how we are supposed to stay sane if we’re constantly changing.”

“I don’t agree,” Mr. Weiss replied. “If we stay the same course without any adjustments, our company is doomed to failure. It’s like anything else in life. Everything requires adjustment to changing conditions.”

“I don’t get it,” Mr. Stern said, calming down slightly to listen to his friend’s words.

“When flying a jet, the navigation systems make hundreds of adjustments to account for changes in wind and other conditions. When driving your car,you yourself actually change the direction and speed tens of times in a short distance in order to stay on the road and away from other vehicles. The computer in your body called the brain instructs all the different organs how to adjust to remain in balance with the rest of your body and external conditions as well,” Mr. Weiss explained.

“I’m beginning to understand. I’m referring to the boss’s rules as ‘changes’ and you’re calling them ‘adjustments,’” Mr. Stern said. “You might be right — it’s all a matter of how you look at it.”

Life is a challenge and people strive to overcome and succeed. Some see a temporary obstacle as a failure. Change at that point is seen as another frustrating move back to the starting line. Others realize that life isn’t perfect and the best plans and most valiant attempts don’t necessarily work out. Before they even begin, they know they will have to adjust. Change is not an admission of failure; it’s a necessary adjustment to keep moving towards a goal.

One More Second: Another Thought for the Day

Every experience you have ever had in the past can serve as your teacher. The wise person is someone who learns from each person (Pirkei Avos 4:1). We can learn from the strengths and good qualities of each person, and we can learn what to avoid from his or her mistakes. We can learn from ourselves and from our past experiences. (Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, Marriage, p. 351)