If you’re struggling, why bother?

Thank god I’m back to my yoga practice.

First of all, I missed it. I had no idea how much I missed it until my first time back. I also had no idea how sore it would make me and how hard it was to do, after nearly two months off.

Second, I missed my instructors’ words of wisdom. I had no idea how much I missed that either.

This past week, this is what I heard – “If you’re struggling, why bother?”

Needless to say, I laughed out loud when the instructor said that, in the middle of one of our poses. Well, maybe it’s not needless to say, because I don’t think anyone else laughed out loud.

But I did. Because the thought not bothering was enlightening and illuminating – and it should have been a “duh-uh” but I often forget to let it dawn on me that if I’m struggling I can just stop.

Now, admittedly, there are times when struggle has a purpose, or a benefit. There are times when you need to stay in the midst of it, perhaps, to find your way through or to accomplish something. But there are times when we – okay, when I – struggle and struggle and struggle, while all along I could have just said, “F–k it. Why bother?”

So I offer that thought out to the universe now. If you’re struggling, why bother? If you have a reason to bother, keep going and keep taking care of yourself along the way. But if you’re just doing it out of habit, or because you think you should, then stop.

“If you’re struggling, why bother?”

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