Flexibility is the ability to adapt and change amid the fluctuating circumstances of life. We go with the flow, seeing the choices, challenges, and opportunities in all that happens. We do not insist on our own way. We are open to the opinions and feelings of others. When the unexpected comes, we rise to the challenge with resilience and confidence. We are willing to change unproductive habits. We seek imaginative new ways to do things. The winds of change may bend us but they only make us stronger. We are willing to grow. We enjoy spontaneity. We welcome surprises.
In Family Life
The virtue of flexibility in a family is shown through its members’ willingness and capacity to adapt, compromise, and adjust when confronted with evolving situations and differing viewpoints. It is demonstrated through open communication, where family members actively listen to each other’s views and consider alternative approaches when conflicts arise.
Flexibility means accommodating shifting schedules and unexpected events and understanding when plans must be altered. In a flexible family, individuals prioritize the well-being of the family unit over personal rigidity, embracing change as an opportunity for growth and unity rather than a source of tension.
“I bend but do not break”
— Jean de la Fontaine
The Practice of Flexibility
- I adapt when change is called for.
- I trust the course of my life.
- I find creative ways to solve problems.
- I accept things I cannot change.
- I am in a constant state of growth.
- I am open to life’s unexpected wonders.