From THE VIRTUES PROJECT Educator’s Guide
WHAT IS FLEXIBILITY?
Flexibility is being open to change. It means not always having it your own way. It is being open to the opinions and feelings of others. With flexibility, you are willing to change your mind. If something doesn’t work, you try a new way. Flexibility is making changes for the better.
WHY PRACTICE FLEXIBILITY?
Without flexibility, people keep doing things the same old way when new ways are needed. They become rigid. They get angry and upset when things don’t go their way. They try to control other people. When you are flexible, you adjust and adapt. You bend like a tree in the wind. You keep making positive changes.
HOW DO YOU PRACTICE FLEXIBILITY?
When you practice flexibility, you let go of bad habits and learn new ones. When you see a need for change, look inside and find the virtue you need. Then practice it little by little, day by day. Try new, creative ways to get things done. Accept the things you cannot change. Go with the flow. When you are flexible, you enjoy surprises.
What would flexibility look like if…
- You keep making the same mistakes over and over?
- You decide you want to change one of your habits?
- Your family had something fun planned and it had to be cancelled at the last minute?
- You notice that some of your friends are avoiding you?
- The way you are doing a job isn’t working very well?
You are practicing flexibility when you…
- Are willing to change bad habits
- Ask the Creator for help
- Try imaginative new ways of doing things
- Don’t insist on always getting your own way
- Can adjust when something unexpected happens
- Go with the flow. Trust the unexpected.
Keep trying. You need more practice when…
- Believe that you have no room for improvement
- Are never willing to change your habits
- Believe that difficulties come only to punish you
- Always do things the same old way
- Insist on getting your own way
- Get really upset when unexpected things happen
- Don’t like surprises
I am flexible. I keep changing for the better. I look for new ways to do things. I welcome surprises.
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Two drinking straws—one flexible, one not—teach kids the virtue of Flexibility.
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