Of Adaptation And Adjustment.
A Continuing Journey.
Even though I am a native of this country as were my parents and each of my grandparents, I still struggle with many parts of the English language. That said, I wish I could speak another language fluently but that has not been the case. I digress. . .
I admire those who can connect with the greatest of ease as they segue smoothly from one language to another. They understand concepts and master nuances speaking, reading and comprehending. Such things can easily fly over my head.
While this may seem non-related, stay with me. I may specialize in non-sequiturs but I hope to tie together the concept in this personal story. Recently, a friend asked me to accompany him on a visit to IKEA, the Scandinavian retailer. Have you ever been?
Even in pre-pandemic times, it is a bit of a maze and during this return-to-some-form-of-normal, the business continues to prove that it speaks its own special language. The names of the products, for one, are a bit of mystery although most of the merchandise categories are fairly easy-to-translate. Beyond the names of the products, the DIY-assembly angle of many of the pieces can certainly stretch my vocabulary as well as any skill level I hoped to possess.
This particular visit proved that adaptation and
adjustment remain a part of life. In many ways, communication may be in somewhat unfamiliar forms so I can understand those who say it is an involuntary adjustment.
Hey, I’m just along for the ride. May the experiences flow. I do what I can. Adjust and adapt as necessary. Observe. Listen. Learn(even when it seems futile).
Originally, I didn’t think I would enter the May 2021 Contest. Timing was my initial concern when I learned of its existence. As was my photo-taking ability. But that recent IKEA visit made me reminisce. A trip in Spring, 201w as they moved from one location to their present store prompted me to take some photos(which I did on occasion back then) and include them in a post. So the photo I am including is one taken four years ago. And cut/paste skills - the basics of computer language which often fail me - returned. Yes, I adapt. Adjust too.
That’s my personal story. . .for what it’s worth.
This is for the ActiveRain May 2021 contest Life Is A Story. Thank you to our host, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP and the judges on her team, Jeff Dowler, CRS - Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker and Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!.