1: capable of being pliant
2: yielding to influence : tractable
3: characterized by a ready capability to adapt to new, different, or changing requirements

Source: www.merriam-webster.com


Flexible (adj.): early 15th century, “capable of being bent; mentally or spiritually pliant,” from Middle French flexible or directly from Latin flexibilisthat may be bent, pliant, flexible, yielding;” figuratively “tractable, inconstant,” from flex-, past participle stem of flectereto bend,” which is of uncertain origin. Flexile (1630s) and flexive (1620s) have become rare. Coles’ dictionary (1717) has flexiloquentspeaking words of doubtful or double meaning.”


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“Human nature is water, not stone.”

Marty Rubin (author of “Boiled Frog Syndrome, a Novel of Love, Sex and Politics”)

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“Music may be the activity that prepared our pre-human ancestors for speech communication and for the very cognitive, representational flexibility necessary to become humans.”

Daniel J. Levitin (b. 1957, award-winning neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, musician and record producer, and author of three consecutive #1 bestselling books: “This is Your Brain on Music,” “The World in Six Songs,” and “The Organized Mind.”)

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“Life produces a different taste each time you take it.”

Frank Herbert (1920-1986, science fiction writer, best known for his magnum opus, the novel, “Dune” and its five sequels)

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“Be gifted with wise flexibility.”

Angelica Hopes (Philippine-born, Swiss writer, poet, and author; best known for the novels: “Rhythm of a Heart, Music of a Soul” and “Landscapes of a Heart, Whispers of a Soul”)

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“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 18th-century philosopher, writer, songwriter, and political theorist whose treatises and novels inspired the leaders of the French Revolution and the Romantic generation; best known for his acclaimed work, “A Discourse on the Arts and Sciences”)

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“There is indeed something deeply wrong with a person who lacks principles, who has no moral core. There are, likewise, certainly values that brook no compromise, and I would count among them integrity, fairness, and the avoidance of cruelty. But I have never accepted the argument that principle is compromised by judging each situation on its own merits, with due appreciation of the idiosyncrasy of human motivation and fallibility.”

Sonia Sotomayor (b. 1954, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving since August 2009)

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“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.”

Tony Robbins (b. 1960, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, best-selling author, philanthropist, and life and business strategist)

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“Over the past 20 years, I have noticed that the most flexible, dynamic, inquisitive minds among my students have been industrial design majors. Industrial designers are bracingly free of ideology and cant. The industrial designer is trained to be a clear-eyed observer of the commercial world – which, like it or not, is modern reality.”

Camille Paglia (b. 1969, academic and social critic of many aspects of modern culture; professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia since 1984; The New York Times described her as “first and foremost an educator.”)

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“Music may be the activity that prepared our pre-human ancestors for speech communication and for the very cognitive, representational flexibility necessary to become humans.”

— Daniel J. Levitin

Music ran on my mother’s side of the family.  Like I had previously written, she finished her opera concertos and had received an invitation to audition at one of New York City’s opera houses before she died at the age of 27.

I’m not sure where she received her music abilities.  Neither one of her parents demonstrated any musical aptitudes.  But, as one of her daughters, her gift of singing passed to me and to my own daughter.  Not only can we both sing and hold a tune, but like most of my family, we have a deep appreciate for an eclectic array of musical genres.

Music along with art literally saved me as a teenager and continues to do so.  I like delving into the deeper nuances of music, and love how it develops my mind, heart, and spirit.

My uncle, Gregory, my mother’s youngest brother pursued music for the pure love of it.  He had his demons, though, especially when it came to battling drugs and alcohol.  But through it all, he never transferred his turmoil onto anyone else.  He was a very sensitive soul, who was kind, but who was unable to find the awakening paths of self- love.

As a trumpet player and street magician, Gregory always looked for that perfect tone.  Gregory told me the story once, while he played on the streets of New York City, Wynton Marsalis came by to listen and then afterwards gave him a hug.  I believed that story happened for my beloved uncle, because such musicians like Marsalis can understand another musician’s earnest pursuit.

Gregory was also a great mathematician who was for a short time was privileged to go to one of the best private schools in the country.  Science was another trait that flowed in my mother’s bloodline.  Gregory explained that music was as complicated as math, if not more so, because music created infinite possibilities through their notes.

I don’t know if mathematicians would agree with my uncle’s assessment, for they can see music in numbers.

What we can agree is that music offers many gifts of flexibility in the knowing and imagining our limitless.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya



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