I’ve preached quite a bit over the past year about all the ways yoga — specifically Bethany and Lyons Den Power Yoga — has impacted my life and powerfully changed the way I choose to live it. I really do encourage you to go try it out for yourself. It’s my happiest place right now.
This past November marked the one-year anniversary of Lyons Den, and I’m so proud to say I’ve been there since day one. Literally, since the first official 7:15 PM class on a chilly Thursday night.
To celebrate the Den’s roaring success, Bethany hosted an anniversary class for the studio’s founding members. It was a huge honor to be there. The energy was ridiculous and the love in the room was completely palpable.
The best part was when we were in a pose — it may have been half-pigeon, I actually forget — and Bethany started to read something to us.
Because what she read changed my entire outlook on life — and because maybe it will change yours, too — I wanted to share it.
It’s by an anonymous writer (not me, not Bethany, probably not Lurlene McDaniel, because no one dies at the end), and I hope you enjoy it and heed it as much as I did…
We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are. After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on vacation, when we retire.
The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now.
Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D Souza. He said, “For a long time, it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have.
Stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose 10 pounds, until you gain 10 pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.
Good stuff, right?