There are times when rigidity and routine are invaluable in our lives. When we have what seems to be more things to do than time to do them, when we encounter rules that do not allow for any alteration, or when we find ourselves unfocused or directionless the determination to impose a routine and be rigid about it may seem to be the only rational way to achieve order and progress. But rigidity in general is not the most effective way to run our lives in the long-term. When we are flexible we can choose from a number of options open to us instead of sticking to a direction that may diverge from our ultimate goals. When we are flexible we find it much easier to deal with the people in our lives who are dear to us, who have influence over us, or who are not our favorites to deal with. Flexibility lets us impose much less pressure on ourselves and allows us to change our minds when other options or points of view are presented to us; it allows us the chance to think, ponder, and ask questions; then gives us the time choose a course of action and to do so wisely. Isn’t it preferable to be flexible than to be rigid?