Relationships of all kinds can be very complicated. When things don’t work out some people get very grumpy.
It doesn’t matter what their responses are. I embrace it all – or at least I try. How can I judge others when I have shortcomings, too?
I can bend…
Flexibility is an important philosophy to adopt because it allows me to move past an uncomfortable or unpleasant situation. Being flexible, or the one who compromises, often comes from a place of strength. It requires that I open my heart and have no ego. This is my preferred way of being.
However, there may be times when flexibility is not the correct response. It is important to understand when I need to speak up. For example, when someone is intentionally disrespectful, it is appropriate to say no. When someone is recalcitrant, I can be kind yet say, “this is not working for me”.
It is surprisingly easy to recognize the correct response. I ask myself, “which response makes me feel more peaceful?” When it comes to choosing, I need to follow my heart and soul. When I do, it’s always good.