Adaptation

Darwin famously wrote: "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."

Smart guy, that Charlie Darwin.

This week, I felt flung about.  On Wednesday night, we hosted a crawfish boil at my restaurant.  I thought I was going to spend the night greeting guests, but instead, the crowd wanted so much infused vodka that I spent the whole night in the kitchen pouring akvavit into ice cube shot glasses.

On Thursday, it was the Fourth of July, and I anticipated a slow day at the restaurant.  I thought I would spend the day getting paperwork done. Instead, the restaurant was absolutely slammed, and I spent the day running food, bussing tables, and making coffee.

On Friday, I thought my family and I were going to spend the day in Wisconsin.  Instead, my family went to Wisconsin, and I stayed back home to work through all the backed-up paperwork.

Reader, life changes.  A lot.  I used to think the strongest virtue a person could possess was the ability to dream big.  And while I still think it's a great virtue, I can think of a stronger one: the ability to adapt to what happens instead. If you're feeling flung about this week, don't forget how resilient you are.  Life changes, and we can too.

With that, I'm off to work.  I think I'll be planning out our next crawfish boil.  We'll just see what happens instead.  See you next Monday. -Em

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