Some of my dance students would laugh to themselves as they read the title of this post. They’ve experienced the tension between rigidity of frame and staying loose that balance somewhere on the apex of strength. That balance is hard to find, and so we generally exist on one or the other of two extremes. Today I’d like to apply this to our own extreme in the realm of scheduling.
Some of us have noodle arms. We are experts at going with the flow and live with a laissez-faire attitude towards much of life. For you, I would challenge you to operate under a deadline today. Set a goal for yourself that is going to put some pressure on you. If possible, do it in such a way as it matters. Make a promise you will have to keep so it can’t be easily dismissed. After all, we’re good at spontaneous changes on the fly.
The rest of us are the equivalent of a steel bar. We always operate under deadlines and pressure and live by a rigid schedule. For you, today’s challenge is to intentionally loosen up. Relax. Do something with unscheduled time. This may mean cancelling an appointment or routine event to make time. Do it! It’s just one day. The point is, make a significant change that requires greater flexibility. And as always…