A little poster at my local yoga studio reads, “Don’t forget to enjoy the journey.”
I scowl. Exactly what does that mean? Aren’t there some days when everything just sucks? With that, I enter class and mindfully flow my way through the poses. My breath sweeps over the ragged edges of my thoughts like a wave – polishing, rounding and softening them.
HELLO! Time to awaken to the good. I am in this amazing class –forgetting how lucky I am to be here and to have access to this practice. A new perspective: I am focusing so much on the challenges that I am taking the good things for granted! Although I spend many of my days battling incompetent and seemingly uncaring service providers, I overlook the gift of my intelligence and forbearance to do so. And yes, my car, my bike, and my washer broke down in the same week, but gosh, I was able to get them fixed. Yes, I am rearranging the details of my life. And while it is time consuming and disorienting, I chose this path. I am deeply grateful to have had the freedom to make that choice.
I also know that when difficult things happen that are not my choice, I still have the ability to choose how I deal with them. In retrospect, I find it’s adversity that makes me stronger, wiser or takes me to the next place I need to be. When all else is amiss, I also find comfort and joy in the friends who stand by me during the hard times and who never fail to cajole me to laughter, even when the going gets tough.
That little poster turned out to be a wise reminder that when we focus only on the things that are negative and the things that aren’t getting done, it’s easy to forget to appreciate and enjoy all the things that are right in our world. So next time you’re flummoxed, try taking stock of what is right for you: a gorgeous sky, the air, your abilities, your pet, your loved ones. Perhaps most importantly, remember that things are always changing. Thankfully, every new moment brings new possibility.