Monday, October 19, 2009
Whatever is flexible and flowing will tend to grow; whatever is rigid and blocked will wither and die.
- Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu's teachings
That was today's quote of the day. "Change is the only constant" is a quotation from a BF, years and years ago.
I hope I'm flexible. I like to think I am. I've known too many people who want to establish a routine and stick to it, no matter what. I actually have a friend whose DH has a weekly menu, and just repeats that every week, month after month. When I visit, if I offer to cook dinner, it needs to be within his menu parameters. Because the world will fall apart (his world) if he has steak in the middle of the week, or fish on the weekend, or whatever. And I totally don't understand that kind of thinking, or the need to control one's life to that level.
I think that's why I like teaching - every year, every day, is different. I could do the exact same work year after year, but there are different students, different materials, all is in flux, all changes.
Or travel, when you never know what adventure lies around the next corner.
Life changes. We change. Life changes us. And the only way to survive is to (as we said in the 60s and 70s) go with the flow.