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Adaptation: An Indisputable Survival Trait

Written by Idede Oseyande

Adaptation: An Indisputable Survival Trait

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”~ Paul

It was Charles Darwin who first postulated that the #species that #survived over the years without going into extinction are not mainly the strongest, but those that could adapt to changes that occurred in the environment.

However, Paul had earlier explained the same #ideology in the Holy Scripture, when he talked about his ability to adapt to any condition he finds himself. The main reason people find it difficult to survive changes is their inability to adapt.

As the World is being threatened by the #Coronavirus, and the #economic effects on a nation like #Nigeria, those who will suffer the most are those who are so rigid with a particular way of life. In life, we must learn to flow with the tide knowing fully well that nothing lasts forever, even your present condition won’t be same forever!

Some time ago, at a camp meeting, we were served #meals without meat. A friend of mine refused to eat claiming he couldn’t eat food without #meat. He slept without food that night because he was broke too and so could not afford to buy ‘meat’ for the food. The next day, he left the camp.

I have seen people go into debt because they want to maintain a lifestyle they can no longer sustain due to prevailing conditions.

Adaptation is a vital lesson I have learnt while rearing catfish, and recently poultry birds. I have studied a survival pattern in these animals.

A fish that gets eaten by others is not necessarily the #feeble one. As a matter of fact, they are usually very big ones, while the smaller ones remain in the pond untouched.

Out of curiosity, I started to pay more attention to find out how it plays out. I discovered that the ones that get eaten expose themselves to danger.
While the rest are positioned vertically anticipating the food to be served, some jump on top of those ones horizontally, thereby exposing their #ventral view, which is usually very soft, to the waiting teeth of the more calm ones. And once the impatient ones get seriously injured, they are feasted on by the rest.

I also observed a similar pattern in the birds. The way at which some birds avoid rushing and getting #trampled on in the process is a very distinct survival instinct.

We are in trying times, and to survive it, we must learn to adapt to the new way of life. Adapt to the new greeting patterns, healthy lifestyle as suggested by #WHO, and also, be flexible with your budget in other to reduce the pressure of the economic downturn.

There is nothing like #standard living, it is #sustainable living.

Live your life in a way that you will be #financially, #mentally and #physically healthy!

To your survival!

IDEDE Oseyande
A&B Coach

About the author

Idede Oseyande

IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.

He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.

Among his published works are 'What is Left of What is Right?', 'The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader' and 'Warri No Dey Carry Last'.

He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.

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