People who know me closely, will smile when they read my take on ‘being flexible’ because they know how strong willed I can be, at times I am outrageously stubborn. But practising flexibility in crucial situations has its own advantages.
Last Saturday, my family was invited to a relative’s wedding function in our ancestral town. It had been a long time since we had visited and I was naturally looking forward to it, it was a chance to meet most of our relatives after a long gap. On Saturday morning, as I was preparing to go, an urgent matter came up for my husband to attend to. By the time, he was back, it was too late. And I nagged a little, complaining how I was looking forward to meet everyone and they would probably think the daughter-in-law did not want to come. My husband suggested why not we go tomorrow.
At first, I just wondered if he was joking, we had missed attending the marriage, what use is going now, people will probably find it silly. But he was serious and convinced me. So, the next morning we drove towards our native town, throughout the trip, I was worried how people would react. But it turned out to be one of the best trips. We visited all the relatives briefly and they were so glad that we came to visit even though we had missed the marriage. Overall, I realized that this had turned out to be much better as far as meeting was concerned since we were able to visit everyone separately and spend quality time with each, which would not have been the case in the hush hush of the marriage function. Had I not been flexible with the idea, I would have missed the wonderful experience.
When you are flexible, you are open to new ways of thinking, and new ideas. It can open you to opportunities that you never thought you would have a chance to experience.
Being flexible gives you an edge over other people. When you adapt better to your situation, you also become more effective with change and allows you to face challenges successfully.
It improves relations at work, if your co-workers know that they can count on you during times of uncertainty. And being flexible improves understanding between family members too.
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