“A wise man adapts himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.” Anonymous
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw
“When something goes wrong in your life, just yell ‘Plot Twist’ and move on.” Anonymous
If Monday Musings about these quotes and adapting, and yet not always adapting might support you in your anxiety and your self love journey, please read on/ Feel free share your thoughts in the comments and/or go to our Facebook group to continue the conversation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WLW.Support.Community/.
I like these three quotes together. Reminding us to be flexible and do our best to “take in stride” things that might surprise us or even feeling “wrong. Then reminding us that we do have power to change the world as well as ourselves, and, I would say, partly by changing ourselves,….it reminds me that we need not simply “adapt” if it’s not the right thing for us to do to take the best care of ourselves, others, or our values including values for love, justice, and also ease. And, lastly, with the idea of water adapting its shape to the vessel, I think about the fluidity of water and its power and its nurturing, and yet that it maintains itself while it adapts. So, I see a balance in all of these quotes about flexibility that I am really appreciating.
How I think about flexibility is that it is very important to be flexible and adapt, and yet to hold to one’s values and principles, and also one’s power and action. To trust ourselves and “stick with” something, but also to say “oh wait, it might be best to change,” to sometimes, holding our values, change our strategy or action, even just to make the day flow more easily.
I think of that this morning with things, as often seems the case of-late, going “differently” from what I expected, as I spent probably 15 minutes looking for a the manual I wanted and couldn’t find it online either. I ended up taking a break and even giving myself a good little “cry” moment, at this being a bit of a “last straw,” then looking a bit more and then taking action to clean the device best I could for now, make an interim plan, and then move on to do a bit of journaling and hen this post. I’ve also thought of a few people I could reach out to for some advice. And, I feel more resourced having been both adaptive and also “sticking with” my values for the health of our family in having a clean device and my health and happiness in shifting to spending some time on other priorities including my business. All of this also, as I mentioned, has given me space mentally and emotionally and so I just in a matter of 5 minutes texted 5 different friends asking for their advice.
Hope you find some support or insights in these musings and with deep love,