When I was younger, I used to love watching Bruce Lee movies. He seemed like such a badass. And he really was, even in real life. One of the great things he did was design his own style of fighting that was supposed to bring in all different types of fighting. This style of Jeet Kune Do was formed by many different kung fu styles as well as the philosophies of Lee's mindset. One of them was "notice that the stiffest tree is the most easily cracked, while the bamboo or the willow survives by bending with the wind." I really like this statement because it has just as many applications today as it did back then. We get very set in our ways or on our directional path of what we are doing. We think there is ABSOLUTELY NO OTHER way or path. This is IT! But as life will always do, it will make changes. They may be variables that are out of your control, or there may be incidents that are caused by things you have or haven't done. The circumstance changes and then you are in a battle to see just how flexible you really are. Think about the wind and the stiff strong tree. The harder the wind blows, the more the tension will build up. The tree will fight against this and try to resist any push. Eventually, it will snap in a violent crack! But if you look at the (not as strong and smaller) bamboo or willow, you will see it bending in the wind. The harder the wind blows, the more the stalk will wave and move back and forth, but the wind will have no negative effects on it. The bamboo and the willow will survive and continue its path and its life. Which do you see yourself as? Are you resistant to change and do you fight every aspect of your world? Or do you stay flexible and allow for change so that you can respond to the different changes? To be the more flexible willow doesn't mean you are a pushover or that you aren't strong. It means you aren't locked down in chains to only one particular way. You allow yourself and your life to be flexible if it needs to be. You don't let yourself get overly affected by things happening around you. You just make the adaptations you need and then continue to blow in the breeze. Be like the Willow! Be flexible and don't worry about the changes around you. You will be just fine! :)
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