What does it take to be flexible? And what kind of importance does flexibility play in my overall happiness? I start the New Year reevaluating the things in my life I can change. First on my list…. is how well I deal with difficulty.
This holiday was a great time for me to observe my flexibility and willingness to stay open to ever changing plans. Often I get stuck in wanting things to stay a certain way. You know those perfectly laid out plans, and then out of the blue something happens that screws them up completely. The event could be a small oversight as simple as forgetting your exercise clothes on your way to work, or having a flight change forced on you when you are tired and ready to be home.
What I have found is whether big or small, the reaction to change tends to be the same. It is in these times if we are paying attention, we get to observe ourselves and notice how efficiently we deal with difficulty. This holiday season, I did well. I kept a steady self-care practice in place, meditating daily and taking time outdoors as often as possible. This gave me space and the personal consideration I needed to implement sensible and nonreactive ways of being.
We can train ourselves to deal with inconveniences or waste energy fighting them. I know that when I meet adversity not as my opponent but as a vital part of my team, success is inevitable. This holiday season, I decided to go with the flow and move with whatever changes appeared. Accepting what is gives me permission to let go of struggle, releasing what is so clearly mine to manage, and in doing so, gaining a refreshed positive outlook on life.
Take time this week to observe your responses to a change of plans. Refresh your outlook through this awareness, and know that it has the potential to change your life completely.