“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” –Viktor F. Frankl
The principal of a school was concerned about a complaint from a parent regarding the size of the desks in the third grade classroom. “Some of the children are this tall [pointing low] and others are that tall [pointing high], but the desks are all made for kids of this [average] height.” “Therefore,” she continued, “some of the kids will be uncomfortable. Are you okay with the kids being uncomfortable?” Feeling trapped, the principal wondered if he needed to go out and buy new desks of varying height.
If I were the principal, my answer would be very simple: “Yes, I am okay with them being uncomfortable.” Yes, it is important for kids to learn how to adapt to their environment. If we keep customizing the environment to make each person comfortable, not only will we go bankrupt, but we’ll also keep them from being able to adjust to the world around them. Continue reading The Quest for Comfort is Killing our Ability to Adapt