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There a good many of us who really don’t like change and we certainly don’t like to have our plans or our routines interrupted. It can even make us feel somehow insecure when the things we are used to doing or the way we are used to doing them suddenly change. Adversity: illness, children growing up and leaving the nest, best friends moving away or having to move can all be unsettling at the least and even traumatizing in the extreme.
And then there is our personality or our temperament. Some of us may be more rigid than others. Some of us don’t deal well with conflict or “messy” personalities at work or school. Some of us panic if things change too much in our environment. Others prefer to crawl into their “cave” rather than have to deal with difficult situations. So here is the question:
How Flexible Are You?
(1) “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” ― Albert Einstein
(2) “Be flexible, but stick to your principles.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
(3) “Blessed are the flexible for they will not allow themselves to become bent out of shape!” – Robert Ludlum
(4) “Even under the most difficult circumstances, you can have creative flexibility.” – Anne M. Mulcahy
(5) “Life is movement. The more life there is, the more flexibility there is. The more fluid you are, the more you are alive.” – Arnaud Desjardins
(6) “If you can’t be flexible in life, you become irritable with life”
(7) “By stretching yourself beyond your perceived level of confidence you accelerate your development of competence. – Michael Gelb
(8) “Flexibility is the key to stability”. – John Wooden
(9)” Let no one think that flexibility and a predisposition to compromise is a sign of weakness or a sell-out”. – Paul Kagame
(10) “If you want to be more flexible and adaptable, practice challenging your comfort zones.” ―
(11) “Flexibility is to embrace different viewpoints and alternative ways to do things.” ―
(12) ” The measure of a person’s strength is not his muscular power or strength, but it is his flexibility and adaptability.” ―
(13) “There can be no life without change, and to be afraid of what is different or unfamiliar is to be afraid of life.” ―
(14) “And the most successful people are those who accept and adapt to constant change. This adaptability requires a degree of flexibility and humility most people can’t manage.” – Paul Lutus
(15) “When something goes wrong in your life, just yell ‘Plot Twist’ and move on.” – Anonymous
(16) “If they lacked flexibility they wouldn’t be able to adapt to different situations and come out winning. When you’re flexible, you’re willing to consider the best approach for each particular situation.”
(17) “Things change. The only thing constant is change. It’s up to you to be adaptable.” – Anonymous
(18) “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw
(19) “Stay loose and flexible, and keep your expectations very low” – Chris Baty
(20) “The creative thinker is flexible and adaptable and prepared to rearrange his thinking”. – A.J Cropley
(21) “When you have no intention, then you have no tension! Be flexible. – Mojii
(22) “The creative person is flexible – able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. – Frank Goble
(23) “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” – Ben Franklin
(24) “Adaptability is about the powerful difference between adapting to cope and adapting to win. —Max McKeown
(25) “A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it”. —Chinese Proverb
Flexibility is really a non-negotiable in today’s world. Everything changes and will continue to change. And we can’t always expect that everything will fall into our neatly packaged way of how things should be done. Flexibility is, at its core, a survival skill- we cannot get along in life without it. If we do not develop this skill, we will fall prey to the winds of life and be a victim of change and adversity.
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Diana Lynne enjoys travel, self-improvement, pursuing a debt-free/financially free life. She also loves hanging out with family, friends and being with her dog Skye. Diana is a Quebec City girl. who loves living life. You can connect with her at livingandstuff.ca