Adaptability Overcomes Disability
As a disability awareness speaker/humorist with a disability. I have many years of rehab and speaking experience.
Most of all, I love being hired to speak to staff members who have devoted their lives to helping their residents adapt to life as has become for them. How do you adapt to a new reality?
The definition provided by Mr. Webster defines adaptability as “the ability to change (or be changed) to fit changed circumstances”. Adapting means adjusting and learning as you go. Adaptability requires a certain willingness to let go of preconceived ideas of how things “should have” been. To succeed in life, one needs to be adaptable. Resistance is futile.
Learning to accept my disabilities and adapt to a new way of living helped me develop new abilities. During this process, I learned to let go of how I’d supposed life would be. I learned to accept life on life’s terms. I learned that resistance is futile.
Adapting to a New Reality
Adaptability is a learned skill like any other. The less you resist, the easier it gets. My personal experiences with disability counseling focused on my accepting and mastering the changes I was forced to face after my motorcycle crash. For years, learning to “adapt” dominated my life.
I resisted many of the changes I needed to make, but over time, I learned that being adaptable was the only way that I would ever be able to create a life that I wanted to live. I had to find new pathways in the road of life. I learned that the bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you refuse to take the turn.
The Japanese word Aikido, a form of martial arts, is often translated as “the Way of unifying with life” or as “the Way of harmonious spirit.”)
Adapting-A Survival Skill
After thirty years of ongoing rehabilitation, I feel like I’m involved with a mental martial arts training, reaching each day for improvement in the way I deal with changes that affect my cognitive, my emotional and my dispositional understandings of life.
Adaptability opens me to be influenced and educated, instead of getting stuck in my own desires or ways of thinking. It allows us, you and I, to go with the flow of a group, rather than becoming frustrated or alienated. Adaptability helps us to be understanding when other people have needs and plans that interfere with our own.
Be Adaptable-Change is the Only Constant.
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Adaptability overcomes any Disability.