1 (a) of a solid: capable of recovering size and shape after deformation; (b): relating to or being a collision between particles in which the total kinetic energy of the particles remains unchanged
2: capable of recovering quickly especially from depression or disappointment
3: capable of being easily stretched or expanded and resuming former shape: flexibl
4 (a): capable of ready change or easy expansion or contraction: not rigid or constricted; (b): receptive to new ideas: adaptable
Elastic (adj.): 1650s, formerly also elastick, coined in French as a scientific term to describe gases, from Modern Latin elasticus, from Greek elastos “ductile, flexible,” related to elaunein “to strike, beat out,” which is of uncertain origin; from an extended former of the Proto-Indo-European base ele– “to go.” Applied to solids from 1670s. Figurative use by 1859. The noun meaning “piece of elastic material,” originally a cord or string woven from rubber, is from 1847, American English.
"The time at our disposal each day is elastic; the passions we feel dilate it, those that inspire us shrink it, and habit fills it."
Marcel Proust (Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust, 1871 – 1922, a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel, "In Search of Lost Time," published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927; considered by critics and writers to be one of the most influential authors of the 20th century)
"The thing is that as you grow through life, the pursuit of art and the pursuit of new ideas, all these things keep your mind elastic."
Patti Smith (Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith, born1946, American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album, "Horses.")
"Reality can be elastic, and I want to see how elastic it can be, you know?"
Yoko Ono (b. 1933, musician, peace activist, performance artist, and wife of John Lennon)
"Heat can also be produced by the impact of imperfectly elastic bodies as well as by friction. This is the case, for instance, when we produce fire by striking flint against steel, or when an iron bar is worked for some time by powerful blows of the hammer."
Hermann von Helmholtz (1821—1894, German scientist and philosopher who made fundamental contributions to physiology, optics, electrodynamics, mathematics, and meteorology; best known for his statement of the law of the conservation of energy)
The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, the 32nd president of the U.S., 1933-1945, who helped the American people regain confidence in themselves as a nation)
“The thing is that as you grow through life, the pursuit of art and the pursuit of new ideas, all these things keep your mind elastic.” — Patti Smith
There’s nothing more satisfying than filling our minds with new ideas, those that can expand our hearts and evolve us to become more than we can dream.
In addition to incubating our ideas into dreams, it’s equally enjoyable to collaborate with others, to be collegial, and bouncing and playing ideas off of others even those who contradict us. This is especially important now as our world becomes more complicated, exponentially so.
Every day, we should pursue new activities, such as viewing a new works of art, listening to new pieces of music, seeing a new movie or documentary, or perhaps seeking out curious new information. These new activities, if done well and consciously, can rewire our minds and hearts for the better.
That’s why getting outside, walking, breathing deeply, contemplating or meditating, and working on those activities that fulfill us are important to our wellbeing. Have a daily morning routines is essential, and so is having a nightly one.
I not only meditate before my day begins, but I end my day with a life review meditation. Yesterday, I was looking at Sheryl Sandberg’s interview on CBS Sunday Morning News promoting her new book, “Option B.” She said her co-writer, Adam Grant, an influential management thinker, a renowned psychologist recommended that Sandberg eat the end of the day write down three things she was most proud of.
That’s a tremendous recommendation. Such focus can help us in making our our minds and hearts more elastic, giving us further abilities to perceive and expand our own possibilities, and to see the possibilities in others.
Be well, sojourners! May you have a Glorious week!
Yours Truly, Tonya