Be flexible

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee

Everyone’s situation changes constantly. Experience has taught me that the easier one moves with the changes, the easier our lives become. We may not like it at first but usually in the end all works out.

When we were younger we tended to resist change but only if we did not truly realize what the change was meant to do. Eventually, though, we usually came around to everyone’s way of thinking and accepted the change, if for no other reason than, to keep peace and not ruffle any feathers. This held true whether it was in the business climate and our jobs depended on accepting change or quite possibly something that happened within the family and in order to keep things civilized – one accepted the change.

But as we get older –leastways to my way of thinking – many of us take changes that happen today as a sort of “OK, time once again to roll with the punches.” I find that the older I am becoming, the less stressed out I become when something changes in our lives. I guess with age comes the knowledge that – as the old saying goes – “And this too shall pass!”

Our children are getting older and facing new and newer challenges every day. I sometimes wonder how they are accepting the changes that are occurring in their lives. We (my wife and I) just recently said to each other that we may think we know what the business environment is like out there today but the reality of it is that today’s working population, in all probability, face many challenges we may not have ever been exposed to. The same would hold true with our children’s children. My guess is that, and I hate to say this, today’s child is living in a much scarier world than that in which we grew up in.

Now, having said that, looking back at the recent election results, one would hope that since we have had a serious change in the political environment, the two parties could recognize that situations change constantly and that the easier one moves with the changes, the easier our lives may be. Wouldn’t it be nice if both parties would put their own (not the peoples) differences aside and work together to make this country what it used to be. How hard can it be to recognize that the people of this country, (myself included), want change. We would like a better education for our children, we hope to see the economy get better rather than worse, it would be nice if all Americans were able to have and afford healthcare. These are all possibilities if everyone would work together for the common good of all. But then, what do I know?

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