Better bend than break.
~ Scottish proverb ~
At times, we need to take a stand. But there will be more times when we’ll need to bend. Bending means listening to other opinions. Often, we just react instead of listening. Bending means remembering what’s really important. Often, we get stubborn just to prove a point. Bending means knowing that, most often, the relationship is more important than the point we want to prove.
Bending is about letting go. Often, what we need to let go of is our self-will. If we live only by self-will, we’ll eventually break. Self-will is as fragile as fine china. We need to be more like Tupperware than fine china—we’ll last longer and be invited to dinner more often.
Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, You made the trees. They stand, but they also bend, especially when they’re young and growing.
Action for the Day
I’ll list three times in my life where knowing how to bend would’ve been helpful.
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