-Ralph Waldo Emerson
While I was cropping this photo of James Dylan Graves, I wondered what it would take for me to step onto my mat with the same wide-eyed, open body and fresh mind attributes of this baby. He hasn't learned to crawl, but he will. He hasn't learned to stand, but he will. He hasn't learned to walk, but he will.
What if he came to class and said, "I heard yoga was good for me but I gotta tell you, I don't crawl, I don't stand and I don't walk"? He might then never progress beyond that one pose, sweet as it is.
The magic word is YET. It holds so many possibilities and promises. Luckily, it was one of the first concepts I learned in yoga and it continues to draw me forward nearly twenty years later, on and off the mat. The inclusion of the word yet, does not allow my statements to become my sentences.
We would speak well for ourselves, and others, just by adding that simple three letter word. As for James, he's not talking, yet.
A similar topic:
Argue for Your Limitations and They're Yours by Richard Carlson.