How Well do You Roll with the Punches?

Whatever is flexible and flowing will tend to grow; whatever is rigid and blocked will wither and die.  Tao Te Ching

 

Change is the natural order of the world. When something tries to stand against the force of change, it’s eventually destroyed. Cliffs are eroded, trees are uprooted, granite cracks. People can crack too.

My life seems to be rich with change ~ probably more so than most; however, I have learned to embrace the change.  It is through the changes I have experienced the richest parts of my life.  It’s when I am open to change, the best happens.  Sometimes I’ve had to be dragged into change kicking and screaming, but in the end, I’m glad I let change happen.

For us to grow and live–to flourish–it takes adaptation and learning. Stubborn attachment to a single set of “knowledge” or way of doing things leads to stagnation of the mind and spirit. Remember to keep an open mind to new people and new ideas. Challenge yourself to always be learning something new. Focus on the possibilities of a fresh start, instead of hanging on to old frustrations. Sails are made with cloth for a reason. When they’re stiff, winds beat against them until they tear. But if the sails are relaxed and workable, the wind can take you to places you’ve never been before.

Last week, we took my son, Ross and his wife Jeannine to dinner and then we all went to William Shatner’s one man show at the Temple Buell Theatre here inDenver.  I marveled at his energy and creativity.  He’s 81 and entertained for over 2 hours without a break.  One thing he said as he was closing his show left me moved and I made a note so I could share with you.  He said “It is easy to say No.  Saying Yes is risky”.  He is very right.  That phrase just perfectly reflects how saying “Yes” to change, while risky,  is usually where the great moment reside.

My book journey continues to force me to change.  I’ve hired professionals to help me make this project the best it can be and those professionals “change” my path, pattern, direction, and viewpoint.  Sometimes it’s easy to accept the changes; and other times, I need to sleep on suggested change.   Either way is A-OK.

Many of us have chosen to continue to say “No” to our wants, needs, and desires.  It’s now time to say “Yes” to finding what you want and what will make your life a happy, healthy place.

 

And so life goes…on and on.

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