As I am finishing the last editing stages of my latest book, Growing @ the Speed of Change, I am running into huge number of speaking and workshop Clients wrestling with massive personal and organizational change. It’s a powerful reaffirmation of the focus and message of this book. And I don’t think it’s just me seeing what for what I want to see. Inspiration and advice on dealing with change, adversity, and turmoil does seem to be very timely.

While researching and writing Growing @ the Speed of Change, I came across the following wisdom from the delightful and insightful book The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living Written by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler they describe a central tenet of Buddhism critical to thriving in tumultuous times: “Without cultivating a pliant mind, our outlook becomes brittle and our relationship to the world becomes characterized by fear. But by adopting a flexible, malleable approach to life, we can maintain our composure even in the most restless and turbulent conditions. It is through our efforts to achieve a flexible mind that we can nurture the resiliency of the human spirit.”

Mystics, philosophers, and spiritual teachers have for centuries emphasized that a fundamental key to dealing with life’s turbulence is acceptance of life’s impermanence.