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Flexibility & Change

This month’s topic on the blog is embracing change. Change has various meanings at different times. It might be a small step towards something larger. Perhaps it’s jumping in feet first to a new venture or adventure. Or, change (welcome or unwelcome) might occur without proactively seeking it. Change means that things are different. Change means there’ll be transitions and adjustments, which can be challenging or not.

When I think about the changes that are happening internally and externally, the one word that keeps popping up is flexibility. While I often have to work at being flexible, when I’m able to, it helps me to navigate change’s turbulence.

The winter snowstorms we’ve been experiencing this season (and more’s on the way, folks) continue to cause plans to change. Schools get closed. Clients need to reschedule. Flights get cancelled. The things we thought we’d be doing get altered. Remaining flexible actually can helps us figure out next steps, embrace the change, and the serendipity of the “found” time. Flexibility yields wonderful surprises.

What connection have you noticed between flexibility and change? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation.





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Love this theme! Even in Houston, we have had a few "snow days". Our experience is first a little anxious, but them a sense of resilience. In having a day to regroup, we think about what we can do in that time. I appreciate the "found time" and I think we all do!

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Linda, I so enjoy your invitation to reflect on change and how we can navigate them. I like to think change is a muscle we exercise and that the least resistance we offer the less painful they'll be.

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHelena Alkhas

I live in Colorado so maybe we are a little more prepared then some places that aren't used to the snow. However, I will say that lately my feet have been getting so cold at night and I have been having to get up, walk across the room and get my warm and fuzzy socks. I don't know why it just occurred to me tonight to "store them where I use them" and put them in the nightstand next to my bed so I can reach over and grab them! So yes, I am being flexible here and finally embracing the change! Thanks Linda! :)

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn Leopold

Hearing your "voices" just warmed up my day! Great to have you here.

@Ellen- Didn't realize that you had snow in Houston. That sounds unusual. Is it? And yes…the "found" time presents opportunities to regroup, enjoy, and appreciate.

@Helena- I like your analogy about change being a "muscle we exercise." The better we get at it, the less painful it will be. It's been true for me. I used to fear change, but now I actively pursue it. I've found that growth accompanies change…so it's worth flexing those muscles for the positive outcome.

@Autumn- Great how you're embracing change and being creative in the process. Another word came to mind, as I read your comment… Adaptability! You quickly figured out how to make toe warming easier. Smart!

@Nacho- This is so funny. I read your comment AFTER I read Autumn's. You and I were thinking the same thing about "adaptability. And that's different than being flexible, but just as important.

February 4, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Not always things works out the way we wanted, but as you accurately appoint, flexibility is the key.
The one who prevails is not the biggest or the smartest is the one who can adapt to the changes.

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

Flexibility makes us better to handle the inevitable changes that are coming our way. In the gym, people often talk about being "strong" OR "flexible", but I think being flexible is a sign of strength!

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Seana- I love how you bring in the exercise or gym analogy…referring to flexibility as a sign of strength. It's a skill I'm constantly working on, but see the value of it every time I enlist it's wonders.

February 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

That is a great word Linda. I have had to be "flexible" a lot the first few weeks of this year, and although it was a challenge, it brought a lot of things for me into sharp focus.

February 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Jill- Great that when you exercised your "flexibility" muscles they provided you with added focus. Very cool. The power of allowing tweaks!

February 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Yes! It has been especially crazy here in Houston! Total of 3 snow/ice/hail days and it has been a real test of flexibility. And it has been fun too!

February 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Ellen- That DOES sound "exciting!" Love your great attitude of being flexible and translating challenging into "fun." You go Girl!

February 8, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

We think alike on this. A couple of weeks ago, I pinned an image of a snowy road with the word CANCELLATIONS printed across it to my Thankful Thoughts board, along with the following comment:

Plans can be cancelled for many reasons: weather, illness, lack of interest, etc. Sometimes it's disappointing and sometimes it's a relief, but it nearly always means unexpected time to do something else.

February 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Janet- Love how you expressed the joys of serendipity. Your "Thankful Thoughts" board is wonderful too. What a great idea!

I have a tech question for you. How did you embed the link in your comment? Many times I've wanted to do that and instead have just pasted in the long link. Can you share the trick with me?

February 14, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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