Last one there is awesome!

Last week I had a rehearsal in which the Director/Choreographer of the piece wasn’t going to be in attendance. She’d scheduled the time so that we as the dancers could work to clarify and run things.

About two hours before the rehearsal was scheduled to begin, one of the dancers texted to say she would be coming right from teaching and wound’t be able to arrive before the scheduled start time. Coincidentally, this was the same dancer that had the keys to the studio.

In having already set out for the studio, I realized that I would have some time to kill before rehearsal would start. To that end, I walked to a nearby park where I sat and watched some children play for a bit. When I felt enough time had passed, I began to make my way to the studio.

Having arrived before 10, the dancer with the key had yet to arrive. So I waited.  As I did, I watched people come and go down the street. Two of the individuals that caught my eye, and serve as the punch line for this dharma talk, were a man in his mid thirties and  young child about six years old. The two were ridding their bikes along the sidewalk, making their way towards the park.

As is typical in most scenes of this nature, the little boy was peddling hard to keep up with the adult, while the adult slowly meandered trying not to loose track of the child. As the two were passing me, I heard the little boy shout out to the adult,

“Let’s race!”

“Oh yeah?” replied the adult.

“Yeah!” shouted the kid in an excited, yet puffing way.

Before the man could say anything verbally, the little boy exclaimed, “Last one there is awesome!”

To which, the adult replied, “The last one?”

“Yeah!” replied the child, beaming as he did so.

As I stood watching all this, I began to smile. I found myself thinking: What would happen if we each viewed life this way? That by taking our time, and doing things to the best of our ability, without judgment or fear of whatever form that progress might take, that we too were awesome?

What if instead of subscribing to the cultural myth that we have to be bigger, faster, stronger, richer, or smarter to succeed and be happy, we could just be where we were in life and trust that no that no matter what our life may look like in this moment, that we too are worthy, loved, likable, lovable, enough, wonderful, inspiring, in short, awesome! What would life look like then?

As we come into our practice today, whether on the mat or off, I would like to invite each of us to select one area of our lives where we can begin to re-write our narratives about our own magnificence. In this moment, instead of comparing ourselves to others or abstract ideas we may hold of ourselves, can we look at this moment, and ourselves, and declare that we are awesome – no matter what that image may look like from the outside? Can we be with, and unconditionally love, ourselves and the beautiful and magnificent beings that we are – flaws and all?
What might the world look like then? What changes might this new outlook bring to our relationships, our jobs, and our relationships to our selves and our bodies?