The beginning of the year is a busy time in the health and wellness industry. Many New Year's Resolutions involve being more active, trying new things, and finding more balance - any of which might steer someone to seek out yoga. As a result, throughout January and February, I found myself with queries from new prospective clients, requests from existing clients who wanted to increase the frequency of our work together, and referrals from colleagues. Excited by the new opportunities, I weighed the options, got creative with my schedule, and squeezed in as many new bookings as I could.
As we passed the halfway mark in February, I began to notice new aches in my body. I heard irritability and exasperation creep into my voice over the smallest transgressions. I was falling asleep on the couch moments after sitting down in the evening. A good friend reached out to schedule a date to celebrate my birthday, and I realized the first available window on my calendar was more than a month away. I began to feel trapped...
In the midst of a day full of these new commitments, I stopped to take a yoga class in the hopes of tapping into some fresh energy. The teacher, a friend and mentor, focused the class on the theme of perspective. At one point she asked, "Can you shift your perspective from having to do something to getting to do something?" A smile spread across my face. I don't have to teach yoga; I get to! I don't have to take on new clients; I get to work with new and interesting people! Yes - I need to continue to work on setting boundaries and protecting my own time and energy, but it is a challenge I get to experience and grow through!
What challenge in your life can you reframe as an opportunity? What do you get to do today?
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