Speaking about open-mindedness for change Albert Einstein said, “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” And Mehmet Murat Ildan said, “Don’t ever rule out the option of U-turn in your life, because one day you will need it! The moment you realize that you are going the wrong direction, turn to the right direction instantly, with a beautiful U-turn.” Flexibility should be a part of our vocabulary and a way of life. Being too rigid in your belief about a need for change can cause enormous stress that can lead to disaster or a “breaking point.” Life should always have some flexibility in order to make an allowance for adjustments.

The notion is this: if an object doesn’t bend when enough force is applied, it will eventually break.  So, it is with life. There are many different kinds of forces in our lives which will cause us to break if we are not willing to take a “U-turn.” Know this also, U-turns can be risky if you have doubts about the new direction.

Every plan you make and every activity you choose should have some flexibility.  To this point, whenever we make an allowance when things don’t go as planned, it will not cause chaos in our lives if we are flexible. This doesn’t mean that we have to ignore or give up our values by being flexible, it just means that we are intelligent enough to know when a previous decision isn’t working or is outdated.

As I consider the many things that I planned to do over my life time, I realize that there were times when I was intelligent enough to make a change as Mehmet Murat Ildan said, “to make a U-Turn and make it beautiful.”  One of those U-turns was as a Civil Engineer, working in Oak Ridge for 30 years at Y-12 and K-25 government facilities, funding was eliminated from my project and I was suddenly faced with the idea of being unemployed. However, there was a position in the HR department for a Diversity Manager that was offered to me. So, I went from being an Engineer after 30 years to HR which I knew nothing about. I was flexible enough to change.

Frustration and disappointment are always accompanied by undesirable changes in life. But when change is necessary, we need to be flexible enough to meet the change head-on. It can be a new opportunity to acquire knowledge or improve your situation or develop new relationships. So be flexible in life and make smart U-turns when it is necessary. Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten