: capable of being stretched or bent into different shapes
: capable of being easily changed or influenced



Malleable (adj.): late 14th century, “capable of being shaped by hammering,” from Middle French malleable and directly from Medieval Latin malleabilis, from malleareto be with a hammer,” from Latin malleushammer” (related to: mallet). Figurative sense, of persons, “capable of being adapted” first recorded 1610s.



“Set patterns, incapable of adaptability, of pliability, only offer a better cage. Truth is outside of all patterns.”

Bruce Lee (1940-1973, Hong Kong American martial artist, philosopher, film artist, and founder of Jeet Kune Do, which means “Way of the Intercepting Fist.”)

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“Culture is nested in context, not genes.”

Thomas L. Friedman (b. 1953, American journalist, New York Times columnist, and author, and three-time Pulitzer Prize recipient)

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“Most of us are only willing to call 5% of our present information into question at any one point.”

Ken Wilber (b. 1949, one of the most important philosophers of our time, writer, author, teacher, speaker, and the originator of “Integral Theory.”)

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“Virtue in this world should be malleable.”

Moliere (1622-1673, born Jean-Baptise Poquelin, known by his stage name, Moliére, French playwright and considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature.)

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“The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened.”

P.L. Berger (b. 1929, Austrian-born American sociologist, known for his work in the sociology of knowledge, religion, study of modernization, and theoretical contributions to sociological theory.)

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“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”

German Proverb

“There’s no such thing as a mistake, really. It’s just an opportunity to do something else.”

Ralph Steadman (b. 1936, British artist)

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“A 21st century poet is a woman who can speak her mind and stand upright like a mountain with her convictions, but can adapt like water in an ever changing season without losing her genuine elements.”

Roseville Nidea (aspiring poet from the Philippines who works as a content article writer)

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“Human beings, whatever their backgrounds, are more open than we think, that their behavior cannot be confidently predicted from their past, that we are all creatures vulnerable to new thoughts, new attitudes. And while such vulnerability creates all sorts of possibilities, both good and bad, its very existence is exciting. It means that no human being should be written off, no change in thinking deemed impossible.”

Howard Zinn (1922-2010, American historian, playwright, social activist, political science professor at Boston University, and author of 20 books.)

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“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”

— German Proverb

I love good filmmaking, the marriage of great moving photography and exquisite writing.  To me, it’s one of the highest forms of collaborative visual art.  And like books, I often prospect films for gold nuggets, those kernels of philosophy and wisdom, unbeknownst to me at the time, I could not have lived without.

The movie, “A Little Chaos,” is one of those cinematic creations that does not disappoint.  It’s a beautiful period piece of 17th-century France, directed by Alan Rickman starring Kate Winslet, about the construction of a garden near Versailles.

There’s a poignant scene between two lovers where one gardener says to the other, “We will shape each other.”

Malleability is fluidity in motion and one’s ability to be strong, protected, and opened in a spectrum of possibilities towards change and transformation.

We not only shape each other, but we shape ourselves by our choices, conscious or haphazard.  And much like a blacksmith who transforms a raw piece of iron into a refiner piece of metal, we allow Life to hammer us with Its tenderness, intensities, and challenges to transmute us towards something more, although we are no sure of what that is.

Our real lessons are in the letting go and in facing our perceived fears of pain and trepidation.  Stay courageous and bold, my friends.  Life is becoming quite interesting.

With Love, Tonya



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