1: capable of being flexed : pliant
2: yielding to influence: tractable
3: characterized by a ready capability to adapt to new, different, or changing requirements
Flexible (adj.): early 15th century, “capable of being bent; mentally or spiritually pliant,” from Middle French flexible or directly from Latin flexibilis “that may be bent, pliant, flexible, yielding;” figuratively “tractable, inconstant,” from flex-, past particle stem of flectere “to bend,” which is of uncertain origin. Flexile (1630s) and flexive (1620s) have become rare. Related: Flexibly. Coles’ dictionary (1717) has flexiloquent “speaking words of doubtful or double meaning.”
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955, German-born theoretical physicist, who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics alongside quantum mechanics; his work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science; recipient of the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics)
“That which yields is not always weak.”
Jacqueline Carey (b. 1964, a New York Times-bestselling author of critically acclaimed series of historical fantasy)
“I want to caution you against the idea that balance has to be a routine that looks the same week in and week out.”
Kevin Thoman (pastor of a non-denominational, independent church in North Carolina)
“There are times when I am so unlike myself that I might be taken for someone else of an entirely opposite character.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712—1778, Swiss-born philosopher, writer, and political theorist whose treatises and novels inspired the leaders of the French Revolution and the Romantic generation)
“[...][I]f you adapted too much in order to deal with them, you ran the risk of forgetting who you were and you could end up being neither and nothing.”
Anne Bishop (b. 1955, American fantasy writer and New York Times bestselling author)
“A flexible mind has a better chance to think differently and take a unique path in the life journey.”
Pearl Zhu (engineering, entrepreneur, "digital-visioneer," philosopher, and author)
“Develop flexibility and you will be firm; cultivate yielding and you will be strong.”
Liezi (philosopher and author of the Daoist book, "Master Lie" aka the Master Lie Yukon, Liezi's full name)
“I want to caution you against the idea that balance has to be a routine that looks the same week in and week out.” — Kevin Thoman
Balance is actually about juggling consistency with flexibility, and centering mindful control with creative surrender.
If we work on daily routines that nurture our minds, then we are ready for the many fluctuations that may occur in our lives.
A routine that is the same day in and day will undoubtedly leave us bored to death! But, if we build those mental infrastructures that deepen healthy patterns in our lives, then we can develop strong mindsets that will allow for flexibility in thinking and adaptability.
Have a Glorious day, my friends! May it be effortless, joyous, and prosperous.
Miraculously Yours, Tonya