Grandma always told me, “No one said life was going to be easy!” and she was right. Life isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t always have to be difficult either. We have a choice of either fighting against life or flowing with it. Whatever life dishes out, it will be easier to handle if we are flexible and learn to roll with the punches.
When I picked up my telephone the other day, all I heard was silence – no dial tone. I hung up the telephone, stared at it for a few seconds, and picked it back up. My staring at the telephone had not had any affect whatsoever, as it was still silent. I panicked because I needed to make an international call and without a telephone that was challenging. But no amount of fretting made a difference. I hung up the telephone and sent an e-mail to my client. Luckily my DSL was still working. My next step was to report the outage, and that was it. I decided to roll with the punches. Life was dealing me a blow, and I could either let it knock me down or not. I chose not to go down for the count; I remained flexible and went about my business.
Life doesn’t always work out the way you want. Those daily frustrations of things not working or breaking down can seem like hard blows and create all kinds of havoc and setbacks. But that is a choice. If you learn to roll with the punches, life will become easier.
When you practice flexibility, you are better able to handle whatever life throws your way. Being flexible means being adaptable to new conditions.
Are you ready to roll with the punches?
This week, notice how you handle what life throws your way. Are you rolling with the punches or fighting back? Try flexibility for a change and see if that makes a difference in your ability to handle what comes your way. Not to mention reducing your stress level.
Daily Success Formula
Punches + Life + Flexibility = Rolling with the punches
“I’m pretty good about rolling with the punches and I’m sure not easily embarrassed.” Todd Swinney
“So long as we build flexibility into our expectations, we can simply adjust things as we go.” Anonymous