The chameleon has come to represent the ultimate flip-flopper; one who has no real self-definition or internalized characteristics, instead one who takes on the best characteristic of the moment. We are confusing the visual as the whole, instead of just an outward appearance which may or may not completely reflect the chameleon’s true nature. Maybe we have it all wrong and should consider the positive aspects of this creature.
What if the chameleon is just really good at marketing those of its existing characteristics that suit the current model? The chameleon takes on the colors of its surroundings – the texture of its skin doesn’t change, nor does its size, and it certainly doesn’t stop being in the amphibian family. If it were sentient, it wouldn’t change its thought process, likes/dislikes, its work ethic and so on. It is just using tools developed over history to best advantage to survive its current environment. Clever, perhaps even enviable.
We are in a period of rapid change on so many levels of our environment, and we can be forgiven – indeed should be – if we find it tiring in the extreme. I wrote this early on in my blogging experience, Embrace it or Resist it Change Happens and feel the need to update my thoughts on change because I have changed in these short months. (For one thing, I’ve learned how to imbed hyperlinks like this one – which I think is a pretty cool trick because I am easily amused.)
I could probably decide to write once a month about change and not have to repeat myself. (This is true about a lot of seemingly simple topics, really.) I won’t because that would be boring and predictable which would negate the qualities of survival that I’m thinking about right now.
The chameleon uses a fear response to decide to activate its skill of blending, so it becomes a prompt to do something instead of a paralyzing occasion. I think that is admirable, the chameleon is helping itself to get through the current situation by using learned and innate skills. It is adapting, at least temporarily to its environment.
This ability to adapt has allowed survival and can be a boost into the next level of existence, which is to thrive in the environment. Grow where you are planted – look for the familiar and even features to appreciate where you find yourself, while you work to find a more suitable environment for the future.
You don’t have to like something to see its merit – while I don’t like math, I am savvy enough to know I need to apply it to my money management so that I don’t become a target.
Chameleons show us the possibility in taking advantage of our skills to turn a potential danger environment into an asset. Calling someone a chameleon is quite the compliment.
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