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Sunday, October 19, 2008

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

How Well do You Roll with the Punches?

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. 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.
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    nice, change is always FRESH
    4584 days ago
    Change is good! Although I sometimes complain when my routine is upset, I really look forward to new ideas. I plan to keep learning forever!
    4586 days ago
    This was especially pertinent to me as I begin to roll with the latest punch, Finally moving my feet as Rocky's coach (what was Burgess Meredith's name in that movie?) kept telling him.

    I think life really is about how you roll with it.

    4587 days ago
    Living overseas is the definition of being flexible.
    Some people are better at being flexible than others. But for me, my days are better when I can roll with the punches.
    My husband always says, our life is very unpredictable, but it is never boring!
    4587 days ago
    This is so true. I have been trying to be open minded about mmeting new people and ding new things, and I feel better about myself for it.
    4587 days ago
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