That’s what the leader of my new class called me.  One of my challenges to myself during these 90 days was to put myself into situations that were a little uncomfortable, but beneficial.  I chose to try a yoga/stretching class.  As I warily approached the yoga studio, I was greeted by two people who were also taking the class.  The young woman welcomed me and asked if I’d ever taken this class.  Once she realized I was a “newbie” she walked me completely through what I’d need to do to set up my class space.  What a blessing.  The instructor came in and asked each of our names and why were were there.  I said, “I’m challenging myself and I’m also trying to improve my physical flexibility.”  He said that while those were excellent goals, I would learn a lot more about myself as I took this class.  He was right.  I am strong.  Much stronger that I thought I was.  I am a warrior.

In life, we come up against walls, roadblocks, gigantic boulders in our paths.  We must learn how to get around them, over them, through them whenever possible.  Each pose or stretch that we were taught physically challenged the body.  They were not difficult to begin, they were difficult to hold and maintain through to the end.  Much like some situations in life – it’s the finish that counts.  Each pose was held nearly 5 minutes and as I tried to relax my stubborn body into position, I found my body fighting itself.  The leader came around to each one of us and spent some time pushing us and guiding us to relax, to breathe through it…reminding us that we are much more capable to do this than we give ourselves credit for.  He reminded us that, in life, we are battling hard situations daily – that makes us warriors.

He spent quite a bit of time at the end of class talking with me.  He congratulated me on this challenge I’ve undertaken.  He reminded me that taking this class was no accident.  I was meant to be there and be with those people on this day.  He also said that we need to remember how much we need each other to cheer us through and to lean on as we travel life’s road.

No strange mysticism here.  Just love and encouragement.  Just what I needed.  “Big breath out!”


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