"The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm." – Confucius
Researchers and scholars often point to this quote by Confucius as the basis for why it's necessary to be flexible to overcome challenges. The flexible reed bends and flows with the wind of adversity, allowing it to survive the challenge. The strong, mighty oak isn't flexible, so the wind of adversity breaks it apart. The new shoots that sprout from the old oak will be flexible enough to withstand the next storm.
We are all human and therefore failure is inevitable. For some it happens early in life and for others not until mid-life. Over the past 6 months I have worked with a number of people who were experiencing their own version of failure e.g., not being able to conceive, a relationship falling apart, and being unable to provide for a family member in the way they wanted to.
With each of these experiences, my client felt like...