Are you the potato or the egg? “The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances.”
The current state of affairs has varying effects on people. I’m in awe of those who are on the front lines, keeping the rest of us safe and providing us with the basis necessities. I’m saddened by the lives lost and the those who’s health has been challenged. I’m a fan of those who have made lemonade out of the lemons. I feel empathy for those who cannot see the light through the darkness.
In yoga, we are basically the same people that we are off of the mat. The type A personality will power through the poses with little attention to what it feels like and the fearful will hold back, shying away from the feelings. The wise are those who are tuned in, knowing that it’s the feeling that matters and not what it looks like. Perfection is not the goal, the goal is making the pose their own. They move like themselves, for themselves toward balance, health, mental clarity and wisdom.
The same could be said for people who are faced with a change in their way of life. This situation will reflect how much they own their lives and well they know themselves. Currently, we’ve been asked to change a variety of things in our lives – some people are effected minimally and some to the max. How we face change and challenge, depends deeply on how our lives feel (not what they look like). How satisfied and ‘at home’ we are within ourselves is the foundation for the successful handling of change. If we combine this with the total ownership of our lives, then it’s a ‘home run’ situation, for moving forward in changing times. Lives are created by choices. Circumstances are hurdles. Handling the hurdles toughens the spirit and carves the character.
Do we allow change and challenge to deepen our resolve or do we ‘uncle’ quickly? Do we wear our bruises and scars like champions or do we simply accept the participation trophy and hang our heads? Do we turn inward to better ourselves or do we criticize and judge others to feel better about ourselves? Remember the critic often knows the way but cannot drive the car.
Then we ask ourselves, “Are we the soft potato or are we the hard egg?