If you know a pose will be too hard for you, adapt. Grab a block or a prop of some sort and try it anyway. Who cares if you don't go as deep as everyone else. Adapt to your surroundings - surrender - and allow yourself to learn something new.
I heard these three words from a friend who was a fire fighter for many years, later became fire chief, and who himself heard these words from the chief of the London Fire Brigade. When describing how the LFB tries to maintain an organization that is dedicated to effective public service the Commissioner said that "the organization tries to hire people who are flexible, adaptable and optimistic."
I looked up the London Fire Brigade website just to confirm that it was true. On their application for employment the following was a qualification for hiring a Deputy Head:
- London Fire Brigade
I got to thinking what it would be like if every place of employment hired employees in this way - instilled these principles in their teams and fostered these sentiments in team meetings. If every school instilled them in their classrooms. If every parent reminded their children....
I decided to break each point down and really study each word - Influencing:
Do you know what would happen?
Your confidence would flourish (something the universe desperately needs); your ego would disappear; your heart would open fully; you would serve others selflessly; collaboration would create beautiful things; you would understand that there are others - humans and non-humans on this planet - that are made up of the same stuff you are - that they essentially are you; that your positive influence can have a major impact on someone; that it's not so hard to modify slightly in order to create positive change; that you are unique; that the world needs you to share and speak your truth; that this can all be accomplished by Love.
Gabrielle Bernstein does a great job of speaking the truth in this video.
Now think of those words again: Flexibility, adaptability, optimism. What do you think of now? Do you embody these at work? With your friends? With strangers? Your partner?
If not, it might be time to start opening your heart and speaking your truth.
Be flexible - with yourself and others. Adapt. Be optimistic. It's hard not to be when truth is all you know.