The oak fought the wind and was broken,
the willow bent when it must and survived.
— Robert Jordan
I recently found this quote and had to share it with you as it goes along with my last post on How To Embrace Change. When we fight changes with the child-like attitude of “I don’t wanna,” we lose our power in whatever situation is changing. I’m not suggesting to be a doormat and just let changes steamroll over you. Oh no! Not at all! Neither am I advising you to fight the changes like a warrior, with armaments drawn and ready for battle.
I’m asking you to bend and sway…
Flow with life…
Observe the changes…
Allow kindness in your heart…
Looking for the good in every situation isn’t easy, but you can do it. Sometimes the good hides when the situation changes for what we deem the worst ~ we lose our job, a loved one passes away, we have health problems, relationships go sour, finances become depleted etc. It happens to many of us over a lifetime. We are not given the right to have a perfect life without rough patches. But we are given the Divine Right to have experiences which grow us emotionally, mentally, soulfully and spiritually which test us and help us to expand ourselves in new ways to be better, kinder and more loving people.
Without the highs and lows in life, we could never appreciate peace. It comes at a price though. We have to stay flexible and to stop banging on the closed door in front of us. Simply look around, observe the whole ‘room’ and find the gift of the open door on the other side of the room. Yes, it’s that simple dear friends. It just takes embracing change.
I’ve endured many changes in my life, many of which I did not choose, but I am still here as are you. Together we can bend and sway with kind, loving hearts. We can shine our heartlights, connect with others and keep walking on our life journey. No matter what difficulties you are experiencing right now, know that change is inevitably beautiful and this too shall pass.
♥ Namaste ♥
Knowing when to stand strong and when to bend is a lifelong learning experience. We need to bend more often than we do.
Thank you for your beautiful reminder!
Thank you Russ for your sweet presence here.
And sometimes you must dig up the roots and re-pot yourself if the soil is not conducive to growth.
How true Marlene! You are so right. Thanks for reminding us. ♥
It’s all in one’s attitude.
When given lemons we can, if we choose, make lemonade.
You are so right Alan! I love lemonade!