““Sorry, but that’s just the way I am. I feel it’s important to be consistent.”
So you’ve decided you can learn nothing new? Make no new discoveries about yourself or others or about life? You’ve decided to quit growing?
Bernard Berenson said,
“Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.”
Here’s what I get from that.
Trying to take on a job, a relationship, or a life with a rigidly consistent attitude is like trying to play a football game with only one play.
Yes, you’ll be consistent. But you’ll also get hammered!
The best quarterbacks read the flow of the game and stay flexible—ready to adapt and change their actions to best meet each new situation.
Life is like that. It’s difficult. It’s complicated. It’s always changing.
But it’s okay because we’re human: we can learn, grow, adapt.
That’s why it’s not a weakness but a strength to say, “I was wrong.” “I can change.” “I can find, new, better ways to respond.”
I believe life is best lived as an adventure in which we keep learning and changing and growing as a person every day…all the way to our last day.
Life is best lived when, like the sunrise, we can say, “I am new every morning.”