The dictionary defines flexibility as “the quality of bending easily without breaking” and “the willingness to change or compromise.”
Last week I noticed my brother’s coneflowers in their potted homes on the deck seemed to flexibly adapt during days (& days) of pouring rain and stormy weather.
During the wind and rain they bent their petals like a cone (maybe that’s why they’re called ‘coneflowers?’) Didn’t seem to be too bothered with all the thunder, either.
“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.” Anonymous
Sometimes it’s easy to get rigidly stuck in our ways, implacable and immovable; but when storms come (as they inevitably do) and knock us about, pieces of us may break – snap! – knocking us down & out.
If we take a lesson from these coneflowers, however, by opening the petals of our hearts to change and flexibility, our lives may continue blooming with grace and hope despite the deluge of stormy rain in our lives.
“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” Lady Bird Johnson
grace, peace & flowery flexibility
Virginia : )
p.s. Today the sun is back out with spring like temps (after weeks of HOT steamy weather) – it’s hard not to play hooky with “Nice Day Fever!”
I have a flat tire today…flexibility..
Oh no, Carol-Jo! That is SO annoying & calls for flowery flexibility 501 Grooves (the graduate level kind.) Hugs! 🌸🚙🌸🤗🌸🚙🌸
Amen to grace, peace & flower flexibility! 😀 ❤
It’s something we can try for (flowery flexibility + having peace & grace while we’re at it!) 🌸🕊🌸😎🌸
And we must learn to be flexible too in some ways just like those coneflowers. Good morning from the Philippines.
Thanks Arlene- flexibility can be an important tool in the toolkits of our lives, especially when unexpected events turn everything upside down. Hugs! 🌸🤗🌸
Great blog, GL❣️
Thanks Cin – flowery flexibility is a good tool for our professional toolkits, too! Hugs! 🌸🤗🌸
Wise indeed, Virginia. Nowadays, flexibility [and sometimes just plain looking the other way] are ingredients for easier days.
Thanks, Tim. Flexibility can be an important tool in our professional (& spiritual) toolkits. Working in conflict zones years ago I learned Flexibility 501 when we had to move from Plan A to B to C – often landing on Plan G! Blessings! 🌸😎🌸
Great post, Virginia! I love the way you included several pictures of the coneflowers. It really drives home the point. Thanks for posting! God bless you!
Thank you, Cindy. I found out that coneflowers are actually echinacea plants (often used for cold remedies?) Our purple plants continue their flowery flexibility growth. Blessings! 🌸🙏🌸