You cannot change the directions of the wind

You cannot change the directions of the wind

You cannot change the directions of the wind ... but you can adjust your sail

You cannot change the directions of the wind

You cannot change the directions of the wind … but you can adjust your sail.

– Author Unknown
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Things or situations are inflexible at times … but we can be flexible with our choices or decisions. A lot of times we thought that we are incapable of change but the truth could be that we are bidding for more time. In other words, we procrastinate – as long as we do not have to change, we want everything to remain as they are.

Change not only brings a lot of uncertainties, it can also brings new routines and adjustments in our daily habits and lifestyles. For instant, a change in our school timetable may mean having to get out of bed 1-2 hours earlier and new change at work may mean we have to pick up new skills. Or we may have to get used to the new loneliness of doing things alone as we have just broken up recently. Or worse still, we could be standing at the junction now, lost and don’t know where to go.

Some changes can be avoided by bidding for time and procrastination, which is definitely not advisable as sooner or later they may lead to serious consequences. For example, we know our health is deteriorating because we have been eating poorly and we are not putting aside time for exercising daily right now.

However, the effects of eating poorly and not exercising may not have shown up in our health at the moment and we choose to bear with it and we convince ourselves, “I’ll try to find time to exercise and to try to eat healthier starting … tomorrow.” Try, yes sure we’ll ‘try’ and 90% of the time when we say ‘try,’ we won’t do it. We have successfully avoided change … at least for now. We are given the choice to choose now while we are still in good health or to be forced into choice later.

Then there are other changes which are inevitable as in the case if we are retrenched, we have to take into consideration our livelihood immediately and the responsibilities we have to bear. These are painful changes as they are immediate and usually involve drastic adjustments and steep learning curves.

Keep in faith that as we make such changes, things will always get better. Had they not gotten better in our previous experiences and had we not become wiser also? Know in our hearts that even though we cannot change the directions of the wind, we can adjust our sail and by taking a positive attitude, we will eventually acquire the knowledge and grow to be better.
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