Living with 2 rowdy toddlers and 2 even rowdier pups, I’ve developed an unconscious habit of softening my knees anytime they are horsing around.
I’ve only recently become self-aware of this. If I’m standing around chatting and a child goes flying by, my immediate instinct is to widen my stance and relax my knees without even pausing my conversation.
In movies, before a crash, the pilot will often say, “brace for impact.” But parents, skiers, gymnasts, and anyone used to or expecting to take a hard hit to the legs know that tensing up and bracing the body before a blow can do more harm than good.
Flexibility, combined with a strong foundation, makes us more resilient. The next time you’re facing a tough situation, feeling threatened, or standing your ground, pause. Consider whether flexibility may help you around the conflict.
The ability to adjust to conflict instead of trying to fight it will only make you stronger.
I’m excited, through a bit nervous, to share that I am taking a big leap: co-founding BookClub, a platform to help us learn, grow, and experience our world through life changing conversations, centered around books and the authors themselves.
I’m inspired by this article exploring how frustration can be a source of creativity. It’s the inherent optimism behind creative thinking that allows us to imagine a path out of that which binds us.