“It Isn’t the Mountains Ahead to Climb that Wear You Down, it’s the Pebble in Your Shoe”
This quote from Muhammad Ali came across my desk the other day and my goodness did it resonate with me.
Because as we head into year two (three? Who knows…) of the pandemic many of us are feeling exhausted/fragile/hopeless.
A big part of that is the ongoing “pebble in our shoe” presented by uncertainty.
“How can uncertainty be so debilitating?” You may be asking yourself, “Shouldn’t I be stronger?”
In fact, among the 9 things which disturb the mind described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (A great list to have handy, b/t/w if you’re agitated and can’t figure out why.) “Samsaya” can be found.
What does samsaya translate to?
“Indecision/Doubt/Lack of Foresight: The deadline has approached before the knowing has arrived.”
To me, “The deadline has approached before the knowing has arrived” pretty much sums up the last few years….
So as we continue to scrabble along this lunatic path take a moment, if you can, to be kind to yourself about the pebble in your shoe.
For more on the useful handling of doubt, take a look at, “Are Your Doubts Serving You or Are You Serving Them?”.