It’s not fun to fall. It’s a can be a scary experience where your whole world can feel upside down, and landing is something you have no control of.
There’s always a moment where things feel good. And I mean GOOD. You’re in control, things are going your way, and you think,
Then maybe you decide to push a little more, or maybe it’s a force out of your control like a gust of wind, or a phone call that distracts you.
Slowly the great feeling slips away, and you start to feel the edge pass. The slip is sometimes slow motion, like a movie, or sometimes the moment slips so fast it can take your breath away. Before you know it, there’s the oh-so-graceful splat.
What I love most about yoga is that it reminds me about life. Falling is scary, and there will be times when you have absolutely no control of the outcome, or heck, even in the way you land. But one of the most important lessons yoga teaches me is to stand up and smile.
The poses/life/endeavors aren’t always about “success” (whatever that means), sometimes the lesson is in being able to stand up and smile, no matter what happens.
I choose to smile because the value isn’t always in an outcome, but the ability to learn again and again that when life knocks you down, stand up (or sit down) and smile.