We all have opinions and beliefs. Positions on things which we hold dear, and which serve as shortcuts to decision-making.

The unfortunate side-effect of having strong opinions and beliefs is that after establishing them, we’re less likely to question them. Sure, they may evolve in little ways, but to swerve greatly would require either acknowledging that you were wrong in the past or that you have changed in some significant way since your beliefs and opinions were initially established. Neither realization is easy to accept.

This is why bending is important. Bending, in this context, means allowing yourself to entertain opinions and beliefs beyond your tried and true collection.

Bending allows us to experiment with opinions and beliefs other than our own for a short time. It may be for the duration of a conversation, or the span of a vacation. Either way, the end result is that we better understand other people’s positions on various topics, resulting in a larger arsenal of perspectives to pull from when it’s time to make a decision or reanalyze the paths we walk.

Rigidity is great in some ways, but we shouldn’t be afraid to bend at least as much as we are rigid in our habits, beliefs, and philosophies. A perspective with no give is more brittle than solid.