Don’t be rigid and brittle

Changes (in life) are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one’s own unnecessary vegetation.

                                      by Gail Sheehy

I am reading a daily meditation book and a few of the writings are resonating with me.  There was one on change and the sentence that struck me wasRigid isn’t stable, it’s just brittle.”

I thought about how some people are rigid. They fight change at all cost and the only question they ask is why do things have to change. There is nothing wrong the way it is now.

I picture trees bending in the wind. The more swaying and bending they do the less chance they have of being damaged.  We should be swaying and bending also. Not rigid and brittle. We should be open to listening, looking and asking questions. Change can be hard, but if it is coming down the tubes regardless, we should be bending with it not being rigid and brittle.

Rigid and brittle will lead to breaking. The majority of us have seen it. People who are not willing to change and are left behind. They are negative and often see the world through victim mentality.

So to relaxing, swaying and bending. We are not rigid and we will not be brittle. We will see the world through new eyes. Be open to new experiences, always learning and moving forward. Brittle breaks. Rigid does not bend.  We will be neither of these things.

As the quote at the beginning of the post states. We will not be accomplices to our own vegetation. No way – we are pushing boundaries and growing. No vegetation here.

You can always start now!


18 thoughts on “Don’t be rigid and brittle

  1. awandafulthing says:

    what a great post – thanks for sharing. Your words will be poignant for some but maybe that’s a good thing. Swaying and bending – heck we should all be doing this everyday not only mentally but physically as well. Healthy body/healthy mind or is it the other way round OR does it really matter…lol


  2. ellenbest24 says:

    Correct as the wind changes we can too. Our bones become rigid as we age but our minds can be acrobats our souls will only benefit from new learning striveing to keep us young … at least at heart. Love this attitude and your post.


  3. janretiringnotshy says:

    I love this so much. I blog for a midlife and beyond audience and I am always reminding older people to not get stuck in their ways, to keep their thinking flexible and to try new things. No reason to get old before our time, or perhaps at all.


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