Oct 17, 2012

Yielding Instead of Breaking

"The hard and stiff will be broken.  The soft and supple will prevail."  Lao-tzu

We have only to look at nature.  Today with significant winds the towering pine trees bend and sway, almost as if dancing.  If they were to stand stiff and rigid, they would eventually fall before the force of the wind.  We can learn from this modeling of nature.  Some people as they get older get more and more rigid in their personality, more rigid in their opinions and habits.  Perhaps those same people are more likely to have arthritis; that is what some who believe in body/mind interaction might say.  Rigid within; rigid without.  Life does have disappointments as the years go by.  So, how do we keep from becoming rigid, which we may think is a protective shell?  Perhaps by recognizing that opinions are only that:  opinions.  Habits of behavior need to serve our well being, or we might consider changing them.  Psychologists say that it only takes 30 days to create a new habit; so if we have habits that are not serving us, we can change them.  For today why not consider creating a new habit to replace a habit that no longer serves us? 

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