Things won’t go as planned. So what. Show up anyway.
Are you going to let a little heartache, a bad day, or a sprained ankle get in your way? I don’t think so.
You want it more than that, so you’re going to show up and do what you can.
I learned this lesson in martial arts. When you have a hurt foot because you kicked someone in the elbow (never a fun day, but a great way to block a kick, for the record), you have two choices:
- You can not show up and let it heal. This is a perfectly valid choice.
- You can train something else that’s not affected by your foot.
For instance, you can just work on your jab. You can only do upper body training. You can just show up and coach others or provide moral support. There is so much else you can do, if you choose to.
The truth is, today I didn’t want to show up and write. I’ve had a hard day and an incredibly stressful weekend. But I knew that I could just show up and do what I can.
And there are two great things that happen when you do this:
- Over time you start to see yourself as the type of person that always shows up. Thus, showing up gets easier.
- You become more powerful when things aren’t as rough.
If you can launch a book while going through a divorce, everything else gets way fucking easier. You’ll laugh in the face of trivial mistakes and major hiccups.
If you can keep your spiritual practice unbroken while fighting through cancer, you gain a kind of grit that few souls will ever come close to touching.
And if you can show up and do your work when life gets rough, you develop a quality that will serve you well through any endeavor. That, my friend, is what embodying devotion is all about.
Go ahead, throw in the towel. No one will blame you. Everyone gets a free pass and a personal day every now and then.
But if you want to experience the greatness you know is within you, show up anyway and do whatever you can.
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