that counts." Winston Churchill
When I read this quote this weekend I thought of the moments I felt really great during my lifetime and I also thought of the times I felt that I had failed and I realized both were in the past. They were wonderful memories or embarassing moments but they were in the past. It is now, the present, that matters. It is learning from both our successes and our failures while continuing to grow and learn that takes courage.
Five years ago at age 60, I decided to to take yoga something very new for me. Most days I was the oldest in the class and by far the most self conscious. I had no sense of my body and when the instructor was looking left I was looking right. When everyone else was down I was up. It was hard everytime I went but I kept going back. I took private lessons which helped me so much and I got better. Yoga taught me so much about my body but also about myself. Now, I truly believe in the mind, body, and spirit connection. It also taught me that although I may be successful in a pose today I may not be able to hold it tomorrow. It taught me that although I may fail at a pose over and over again that if I keep trying one day I will get it. Yoga has helped me to realize that nothing in life is permanent so it is my responsibility to make each and every day as meaningful and special that I can.
Courage comes in many shapes and forms. We are all different and have different challenges in our lives but noone lives without facing a challenge. Learning to live in the moment, celebrating our successes, and learning from our mistakes or failures and continuing to move forward is what courage is all about to me. What does courage look like to you?
PS: I am seriously thinking of becoming a yoga instructor. Now that will take courage but I think I can do it.