Monday, December 17, 2012

You Get What You Give

I am taking yoga classes in a style called Ashtanga.  It is a power yoga with a lot of jumping and flowing.  I am working on the first of many series of poses.  In class the other day, I was on one side of the room and the instructor was assisting a student on the other side of the room as I practiced one of the more challenging poses. Three times is usually a charm but this time it was three attempts and I was down on the floor in a resting pose.  The instructor came over and asked if I was able to do the pose. I explained how I had tried several times and it didn't work quite yet (the answer was no).  He smiled and asked if I was practicing at home every day.  I responded truthfully that I hadn't.  I started to laugh and said "You get what you give"!  He gave a knowing nod to me as I lay on the floor defeated (but only for today and only by this one pose). 

It reminds me of the story of Jose and the lottery tickets.  Every week Jose prayed to God that he would win the lottery and every week he didn't win.  One week Jose was praying to God that he would win the lottery and God called down to him "Jose! Buy a ticket!"

We have to do our part. 

In what area of your life would you like to be more successful? Are you doing your part to move yourself toward that goal?  What one thing could you do that would make that movement happen?