The Poetry Of Adaptability

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HAIKU-

SOFTENING MY MOUTH
TAKES MOST OF THE HARDNESS OUT
OF AN ARMORED HEART

– CA

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Adaptability means allowing ourselves to be malleable; fluid to the river of life.

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DEFINITION-
make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify.

synonyms: modify, alter, change, adjust, readjust, convert, redesign, restyle, refashion, remodel, reshape, revamp, rework, redo, reconstruct, reorganize;
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We can’t enter new territory all armored up being “right” because then there is no room for any newness to enter.

My best tool these days is what I call THE INNOCENT MOUTH. I have written about this before but feel like mentioning it again because it is so potent.

When I am really sure I am RIGHT my mouth tightens, lips thin, jaw sets, skin loses luster and liveliness, eyes harden and neck pulls in on itself.

Sounds pretty, eh?

(The best way to do this is to just consciously drop your teeth away from each other- lower jaw drops 1/2 inch down and jaw hangs naturally)

I have been paying attention to discarding armor for awhile now so I am sensitized to how these symptoms look and feel on me.

All that energy put in to defense leaves little left over for possibility.

And that is what I want.

I want to know that I have what it takes to move from the “THIS IS TOO HARD!!!!!!”

into:

“Just one little minute here Cath… Breathe, pause, start again.”

This is a micro-example, surely but the point is to keep at it and translate into bigger stuff that comes down the pike.

Soft mouth.

Innocent mouth.

Possible goodness.

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