With this saying, we are confronted with the thought of “surrender.”
That word has such a negative connotation, it has the undertone of giving in when we should be fighting on. But I think that as with much that I have learned in life, the key is the balance we strike. This proverb tells me that it’s better to bend against insurmountable odds than be broken by them, but it also teaches me that I can apply the same thing to the everyday issues of my life.
I’m reminded of when I started going to the gym. I came late in life to doing this, and it was after I’d lost a lot of weight and I’d decided that it was time to try to tone up. The staff there and the other clients were helpful, but my ego wanted to kill me. I worked out on the weights machines, and every time I got to one the weight the last person used were a lot more than I used. Every. Single. Time. My ego wanted me, not just to use those weights, but to add to them. If I had done that, pretty soon I’d have been broken. Either I’d have given up because I was so discouraged at being unable to do it, or I’d have hurt myself in the attempt.
And yet, who am I really competing against? If I press 55 pounds and the people before after me press 155, so what? It does not define who I am, and it is better to do what I can than nothing at all. I have to bend to the inevitable that I will start small and work up to other things.
Today’s Meditation: I am not broken by the wind if I bend with it.
Today’s Action: I will recognize where I am resistant to the wind of change, and consciously go with the flow.