“Flexibility is the Key to Longevity.”

Take into consideration that assertion for a second. Flexibility is the important thing to longevity.

I first encountered that assertion nearly over 20 years in the past whereas stationed with the US Military at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. The Operations Sergeant of my Army Police unit had it blown as much as poster-size and hanging on the wall behind his desk.

As with all new members assigned to the twenty first MP Firm, I used to be requested, “Do you perceive what meaning?” And, like most I am positive, my response to a senior was, “Sure, sergeant.” My affirmation was in no way associated to what I consider that very same phrase right now.

To a disgruntled younger soldier who had higher issues to do than put up with the “hurry-up and wait” group that I perceived then, the phrase meant, “put up with the entire modifications, and modifications to the modifications we throw at you and you will final for much longer.”

Sarcastically, I got here to seek out that – he was proper! Besides that it is not simply an ‘Military factor.’ What I’ve come to understand is that, no matter whether or not we’re speaking a few combat, a relationship, or simply dwelling, life is crammed with change. In reality, there’s nothing extra everlasting than change. Is not that humorous? The one factor that does not change is change-itself. And our personal particular person capacity to adapt to these modifications in our life, decide our personal degree of happiness, satisfaction, and ‘survivability.’

Phrases like: “There’s at all times one thing,” and, “If it is not one factor, it is one other,” are proper. They’re 100% correct and the unhappy factor is that – there’s completely nothing that we will do about it. However, that is additionally the excellent news. We will cease chasing after permanence. We will cease combating change as a result of it is a dropping battle. Stress, or what most individuals name stress, which is the strain and anxiousness that happens when issues do not go our means, is what occurs after we assume that issues will occur simply because we would like them to. We anticipate that the world will magically conform to our needs with none consciousness or planning on our half. “It labored yesterday,” is the overall perception together with, “if it hasn’t damaged but, it will not.”

Within the scrolls of the Takagi-Yoshin faculty of martial warriorship that has been previous down for the final a number of hundred years, there’s a key for profitable in each battle. It is easy, and I might wish to share this age-old knowledge with you.

Are your prepared? Right here it’s:

“Do not enter a battle you may’t win.”

That is it.

Our capacity to be adaptable and to have a couple of means of doing issues is important to profitable the battles of day-to-day life.

That poster means far more to me right now than it did to that younger man years in the past. I can nonetheless hear my Sergeant’s voice as he asks…

“…Do you perceive what it means?”

And, I can hear my reply to him.

“Sure, Sergeant.”

“It means…put up with the entire modifications, and modifications to the modifications which can be thrown at you and you will final for much longer.”

Take a deep breath…

…chill out, and…

…benefit from the experience.

I am going to see you in school.