During our session this week, a client remarked, "I wish I had discovered yoga earlier in life." We talked about how much her practice has helped her improve her physical condition, manage the stress of a high-pressure job, and greet the ups and downs of everyday life with grace. I reminded her that while she may have been able to reap these benefits sooner - or even avoid some of the injuries she sustained through her prior no-pain, no-gain approach to exercise - it is better to have discovered yoga at this point in her life than not at all.
In hindsight, it is easy to look at lessons we have learned and wish we had gained the knowledge earlier. If only we hadn't wasted so much time at an unfulfilling job before pursuing our true passion. If only we hadn't invested so much energy trying to be who or what our family, friends, or colleagues wanted rather than accepting and celebrating who we are?
We can't go back and change events in the past, but we can choose today to move forward with intention. We can be grateful for what our yoga practice, job, or relationships are teaching us in this moment. Rather than waiting for the perfect conditions, we can choose to make the change we "should have" made 20 years ago - right now.
What tree do you wish you had planted 20 years ago? What is stopping you from planting it today?