Be a WORK IN PROGRESS……
"One of the biggest causes of self-loathing is the hell-bent need to 'get it right.' We strive for perfection and success, and when we fall short, we feel less than and worthless. What we don’t seem to realize is that striving for success and being willing to put ourselves out there is an accomplishment within itself, regardless of how many times we fail. Instead of berating yourself for messing up and stumbling backward, give yourself a pat on the back for trying, making progress, and coming as far as you have." ~Madison Sonnier
I love this quote!! It is a daily reminder to put the bat down, stop beating yourself up, and realize that we are all a WORK IN PROGRESS! Trusting the journey we are on, and realizing it will NEVER be perfect is an act of surrendering to controlling every outcome. I believe that obstacles are our greatest teachers!
Timber Hawkeye, Author of Buddhist Bootcamp writes:
“We try so hard to control everything in our lives, attempting to make it "problem-free," but happiness and being at peace have nothing to do with getting rid of difficulties, but in responding peacefully to whatever comes our way. "You can't calm the storm, so stop trying. What you CAN do is calm yourself, the storm will pass!"
Doing this is simple, but not easy, and just like our yoga practice, changing our thinking and behaviors is also a practice. As a teacher at Lotus Yoga and Fitness in Ormond Beach, I constantly talk about these practices with my students. It wont happen overnight, but when we can learn to let go and to allow our lives to unfold naturally, we can achieve happiness and peace.