Some days, we’re simply not feeling 100%. People, work and obligations are tugging at us from left and right, each taking little bits of our precious time and energy one by one. On days like this, when it just doesn’t seem possible to put in the usual “all”, I tend to choose the opposite; absolutely nothing.
I think ‘It’s all or nothing’. ‘I woke up late. I’m tired. I didn’t sleep well. If I attempt something today I’ll just fail or do it badly”. I had a morning like that today, and remembered I had booked a spot on a yoga class at 13:00. I figured I would just skip it instead of showing up barely getting through half the sequence. What’s the point?
The problem was that since I’ve been on the lazy side lately and skipped quite a few classes, I would be blocked if I missed another one without cancelling it. And it was too late to cancel. F*ck. I basically dragged myself to the gym and sat down for my class.
Then I had the pleasure to meet Wanda, a new, new to me that is, yoga teacher. She begun the class by congratulating us for showing up. ‘Just show up’ she said. No, this may not be the best class you’ve ever taken. You might struggle to keep your mind clearer than you usually do. The pose you naturally fell into last week may be unattainable today. But you know what? You’ll be happy to have shown up. I’ve been thinking about this all day now.
Today, I challenge you to adopt the “every little bit counts” mentality. Maybe it’s showing up for that 90 minute yoga class or maybe it’s just doing ten squats before breakfast. Or cooking dinner even though your tired instead of bringer home a burger. Or maybe it’s just getting trough the day even though your tired. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Every little bit counts.
The beautiful thing is that this mentality can actually spill into all areas of life. Maybe you’ve been avoiding calling an old friend because you can’t find time for a thorough conversation. Take 30 seconds just to say hi. Maybe your apartment has gotten out-of-control messy, and you don’t have the energy to do an in-depth clean. Set aside 10 minutes. Target one corner of one room.
Baby steps, a little at a time. Every little bit counts. With this mentality, we realize that we don’t need to fear seemingly daunting tasks. Life is all about staying balanced, and keeping the flow. As long as we’re doing something, we’re doing just fine.
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