Have you ever tried to carry or slide a large piece of furniture through a small doorway? Frustrating, huh? It may even feel impossible.
This is how I felt when trying to climb into a friend’s van one evening. As many of you have probably figured out by now, flexibility is not my middle name since my joints do not bend well at all. I usually comment, “I’m flexible…just not physically!” When I came to the realization that I could not climb into the front of the van via the passenger door since the seat was too high, I used the wheelchair lift to raise myself into the vehicle, and then in order to climb into the passenger seat, my next challenge was to maneuver myself over the mounted platform between the two front seats. Sitting on the platform, I slid myself into the passenger seat with my legs hanging the back. My friend Becky then grabbed my legs and raised them over and onto the driver’s seat. Realizing that I slid the wrong way to move my legs downward onto the passenger floorboard, I told Becky to lower the front passenger window. Next, I wiggled myself partially out the window, trying to give myself enough space to lower my legs in front of me. At the same time, though, due to some anxiety and fear, I instructed Becky, “If I start falling out the window, grab my leg!” As this process continued, individuals began strolling by us, giving us strange glances. At one point, I said “Hi, there” to one of them, and Becky and I started laughing hysterically. Finally, after much effort, I got myself safely and securely into the passenger seat.
You may have never found yourself in this type of quandary, but I bet you have faced other obstacles where you have been forced to be creatively flexible. Trying to function well in both your professional and personal schedules. Accomplishing multiple tasks within a limited period of time. Meeting the demands of multiple individuals simultaneously. Completing a project or task without all the necessary tools. Performing both relational and administrative duties at the same time.
The bottom line is best summarized in a quote by a man named Brian Tracy: “Be clear about your goal, but be flexible about the process of achieving it.” Focus on the goal, and then work on the process. Thus, it is in these moments of being creatively flexible that we can begin examining the endless possibilities of reaching the goal.