I’m not ashamed to admit it; I’m a huge NPR junkie. It is the only thing I listen to in the car, and I rarely make it through a day without saying, “I heard the most interesting story today…” My favorite show is Marketplace – not because I love business news and stock markets that much but because I love Kai Ryssdal’s voice. I’m telling ya, he can make anything sound interesting…
Last week, Kai shared an interview (it was actually a re-play from an earlier story) in which a politician was promoting his book and offering some of his “rules to live by” and the first one he shared was this –
“It is easier to get in to something than to get out of it.”
Now, I am removing all the politics behind this and just taking the words at face value, but this is great right? Can you imagine if you actually lived by this rule? What if we thought so clearly and honestly before making commitments that we never had to backtrack and apologize for needing to change plans? How often do we lie to ourselves about the realities of interruptions and delays so that we are unable to meet all of our commitments for the day.
After co-teaching a workshop on the Yamas & Niyamas at the Dirty South Yoga Fest (what a spectacular time!), the tenet of truth (Satya) has been on my mind all week, and I think this is a beautiful example of Satya – of being so truthful TO OURSELVES that we never have to go back and make a new plan. It is easy to think of truth in terms of the lies we tell others but what about the lies we tell ourself? About our time availability. About our energy level. About our wants and needs.
This week, let’s live with this daily reminder: “It is easier to get into something than get out of it.” Go slowly. Think honestly. And, then act. No matter how big or small the commitment, let’s honor Satya.