There is no greater weakness than stubbornesss. If you cannot yield, if you cannot learn that there must be compromise in life – you lose. Maxwell Maltz
Glass is very hard but fragile. By contrast, leather is tough and resilient. A blow to a glass dish will break it, but a blow to a shoe will just be absorbed. We must avoid the folly of being hard like glass, and we can become tougher like leather. We must endure surprises, pressures and blows from the world as a normal part of life. The more able we are to absorb the blows the stronger and more whole we are.
A friend who has a different opinion from ours can be listened to and his ideas considered. There is no need to compete with him or prove that we are right. When our plan for a project at work gets set aside, we will feel the frustration but we need not come apart over it. Perhaps God is leading us to a better plan. Frustrations with spouses or friends can be turned over to God. We do not have a rigid recipe for life, and we must be open to more learning. I will surrender my fragile stubbornness in exchange for the toughness I can learn in compromise.