So, I practiced tightrope for about an hour a day, and after about a week, I started to feel like, I’m now getting my balance. And as I was walking, I started to notice that it wasn’t that I was getting more balanced but that I was getting more comfortable with being out of balance.
She’d let the tightrope swing a bit further and lean into it, rather than away from it. She’d learned to become comfortable compensating just enough – slowly and surely – rather than responding out of fear, or doubt, or self-criticism.
And I thought, I wish I could do that in my life when things are getting out of balance. You know, when you have a hard day, and one bad thing happens after another? I sort of learned that I could just breathe in and sort of set myself back up onto the rope.
I’ve written before that a day is never perfectly balanced, that the highs and lows cannot truly compensate for one another. There are ups that are ups and downs that are downs, and we’re never offered the two in equal measure.
And although we can attempt to control the elements – to change the temperature, to steady the rope, to lighten our load – the only true control we have is our reaction to the rope.
To breathe in.
To set ourselves back up.
To not become balanced, but to become more comfortable being out of balance.
Happy weekend, friends.