Write This Down: Get More Flexible!
Flexibility is a personality trait often connected
to good mental health, for many reasons.
The more rigid you are about the way things
“must be done,” the less emotionally calm,
mentally healthy, and resilient to the normal
stresses and strains of life you will be. In an
extreme form, inflexibility begins to look a
lot like Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder…
which is not much fun. Just ask anyone
who is struggling to manage that disorder.
The Oak and The Willow
You remember the story about the Oak and
the Willow? If not, here it is : “One morning
after a terrible night of wind and rain, a man and
his young son went out to see if the storm had left
any damage. The boy said to his father, “Look! The
big, strong oak tree has been uprooted and is lying on
the ground, while the weak willow tree by the stream
is still standing! I would have thought the willow tree
was the one that would have been damaged.” The father
replied, “Son, the oak tree was forced to fall to the ground
because it cannot bend over. The willow tree is flexible
and gave in to the wind, bowed down, and the storm
could not destroy it.”
If You Can Bend, You Won’t Break
You’ve got a brand new year coming up : 2013!
If there is one resolution you could make that would
improve your chances of performing better at work,
having a happier relationship, and feeling emotionally
and physically healthy it would be to resolve to become
more flexible. Why?
The Flexible Survive…
The flexible survive because they adapt to situations
more easily. Change doesn’t throw them for a loop.
The flexible see the writing on the wall and begin to
make changes for the future, instead of hunkering
down and doing the same thing even though times
are changing and there are new demands.
The Flexible Are More Attractive…
The flexible are more attractive because they are okay
with experimenting, trying new things, and seem more
open to new roles and new ways of doing things.
The flexible don’t always need to get their way,
a hallmark of cooperation and happy relationships.
The Flexible Are Healthier…
The flexible are healthier because they react to stress
by bending and curving, instead of trying to shoulder
another burden. They can let things drop and fall
instead of having to “manage” everything. And
nothing has to be perfect…the flexible can be okay
with things as they are instead of as was hoped.
Flexibility in 2013!!!
So this would be a great year to get more flexible!
Mentally, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and
even physically! Set this as your intention for
2013 and see what wonderful outcomes you get!
To help get you started, here is one of
my favorite YouTube videos:
Yoga for the Inflexible.
Here’s wishing you increased flexibility in 2013!!! 🙂