Escalators are wonderful because they can never break: they just become stairs. It’s an old joke, but it’s true.
We all like to think that we are open to new ideas and ways of doing things – that we are flexible and can adapt to changing circumstances. Yet when we’re faced with day-to-day difficulties or a major crisis that interrupts our flow, we often feel unable to cope.
When faced with difficulties, we tend to cling on to usual patterns of thinking and behaviour. Even though these ways of thinking and behaving are not always effective, it’s difficult to change how we respond to adversity, but there are steps we can take to snap out of this – and the first is acceptance.
Acceptance means understanding ...