I’m not sure how many times I’ve started out by saying “today was an interesting day.” But today truly qualified considering the way everything seemed to get scrambled up.
Despite the chaos and confusion, it all turned out OK. Which leads me to the subject of today’s post: flexibility! A topic so important I included it as a chapter in Misfire: What to Do When Things Aren’t Running on All Cylinders.
It’s not a look at the kind of flexibility you’re probably thinking about. The kind that allows you to move with more easily. Although, there are all kinds of physiological benefits for that kind of stretching. All kinds of reasons pointing to the benefits of working hard to remain flexible.
But that isn’t really the kind of flexibility I want to talk about here. I want to talk about another kind of flexibility. The kind of flexibility I was first exposed to within the context of the martial arts. The kind that can contribute to greater situational awareness. To the ability to expand your field of vision and create a more comprehensive awareness of your environment. An awareness that in many cases could save your life.
It is also a great allegory for living and life. Something we should all think about. Especially, in times of great change or in times of crisis. It’s interesting because if you were to look at the Kanji construct for the word crisis, it’s a combination of the ideogram for danger and the ideogram for opportunity. Because within every crisis there is always opportunity.
The kind of flexibility I’m talking about allows you to see those opportunities more clearly.Crisisdangerflexibilityopportunitysituational awareness