As we sail along the oceans of life, we come to realize there are some things we can change, and others we cannot change. But one thing is certain — change is inevitable. As human beings, we feel a sense of security and control with consistency, and yet we also desire spontaneity. If we are too rigid when the winds blow, we have a tendency to crumble and break. On the other hand, if there is nothing solid to adhere to, we’ll be swept away by the slightest breeze.
So what is one to do?
The answer is found in flexibility which means, capable of being bent without breaking or pliable. To be pliable there must be the proper balance between consistency and spontaneity. To incorporate balance, we must analyze how we respond to change.
Do you tend to stiffen and resist when your normal routine is rocked? Or are you one to “go with the flow?” If your natural tendency is routine, then a self-imposed change-up can be a helpful tool to train yourself to handle unexpected change with more ease. Take baby steps like trying a new dish at a restaurant rather than your usual. If you’re a “go with the flow” type, try incorporating some small consistencies like taking a daily walk and quiet time.
With life comes winds of change that we may not be able to control. But there lies a sense of control when we are equipped and confident in our ability to be flexible. And flexibility gives us the freedom to change the direction of our sails.