I reread the Red Tent this summer. It was an amazing read about Dinah, a biblical woman who little is known about. If there is one thing I learned from this book, it is the importance of adaptability.
The women in this book, especially Dinah, adapt to major changes in their lives. Honestly, most did it without complaint. As a new challenge or change presented itself, the women learned what they needed to and moved forward. This is a powerful lesson to take into my own life.
When change comes our way, when we are called upon to do things differently, when people who we've counted on to be one way change and act unpredictably, we need to adapt. We can't control the challenges that life will throw at us. The only thing we can hope to do it to adapt to those changes in a way that is reflective of our values.
This year, there will be changes and challenges that lie ahead. I will work to accept those changes and challenges with grace. I will commit to learning what is necessary so that I can embrace the change and capitalize on the challenge. I will focus on my ability to be adaptive. I will remember Dinah and her ancestors who celebrated ritual, customs, history, and holiness while taking excellent care of themselves and the ones they loved. I will make adaptability one of my personal goals for the 2018-19 school year.