Better to bend than break.

Flexibility is essential for resilience.

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When life changes direction, are you able to change with it?

Are you flexible and open to new experiences?

Are you able to break free from old patterns and habits?

Or do you struggle to adapt to anything new and different?

In this video clip, I describe how the flexibility of palm trees helps them adapt and ultimately be strengthened by hurricanes.

Applying this Post in Everyday Life

“Do the opposite of what you normally do.”

  1. Wake up one hour earlier to enjoy some unexpected quiet time.
  2. Exercise at night instead of in the morning.
  3. Try gluten-free or vegan to support a dear friend.
  4. Swap your favourite hobby for something brand new.
  5. Sit in a different spot in the classroom than you’re used to.
  6. Drive a different, more scenic way home tonight.
  7. Meet three new people in your community this week.
  8. Trade television for library books for one month straight.
  9. Go to sleep on the opposite side of the bed.
  10. Spend the weekend silent and completely word free.

Change one routine today and open up to unforeseen freedom and opportunity.

44 thoughts on “Better to bend than break.

  1. This reminds me of how enslaved and addicted we’ve become to things that were meant to serve us e.g cell phones, television etc… Caution must be applied before we get ruined by these bitter sweet agents…

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    1. I like how you write “bitter sweet agents” of technology. Because if we’re aren’t careful, they’ll be taking over every aspect of our lives. One more reason to take a break from tech and check ourselves back into this sweet authentic life. 🙂

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    1. Me too! Feeling stuck in life is equally about our own unwillingness to flex and move as it is about what’s happening outside us. Flexibility by word alone opens us up to the possibilities that live beyond our own state of mind and circumstance. As they say, this is where the magic happens..

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    1. Thanks so much! I definitely have a unique voice. People might forget what I look like but they always recognize me by my voice. No matter how many years it’s been. No matter how many aisles away they are in Walmart. My voice always gives me away. 😎

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  2. Just discovered your website. Your ideas for building flexibility are great. I love the willow tree analogy. It’s so easy to get stuck and cling to our routines, especially when we are in the midst of grief or trauma. What would you say is the difference between flexibility and adaptability?

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    1. In a general sense, I see flexibility & adaptability as interchangeable. Both traits create an openness to experience, and thus help individuals to embrace unexpected change more readily. What about you Evelyn? How do you characterize and/or differentiate between the two.

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      1. I agree with you, Dr. Dinardo, but I just wondered if you saw a difference. I think adaptability is often used situationally, a kind of “go-with-the-flow” mentality, such as a person who can easily deal with a change in environment or plans. Flexibility may be more linked to trying new things or being willing to compromise. I work as a private education consultant. Parents often appreciate my flexibility in scheduling their children’s appointments. On the whole, though, I find this is a muscle I must continue to stretch. Glad to meet you.

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  3. Funny, but I used “Do the opposite of what you normally do” quite literally with a partner in the past. She was I guess what you’d call geographically challenged, so whenever she needed to know where to go – left or right, north or south, etc. – I’d say do the opposite of what first comes to mind…and it worked! Well, most of the time. Okay, some of the time. But some of the time is better than none of the time!

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      1. I watched the youtube and it was great! I agree, for me it’s the fear sometimes of the unknown. I try to just embrace it like you said. Go with the flow. Being kind to people is something I love to do too with complete strangers. A simple simile can make someone’s day. Thank you again–wonderful information 🙂

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