If You Can’t Avoid It, Enjoy It

Photo taken from Yoon's Yoga Bliss - Seattle

- By Katherine Jenkins

Kathy Jenkins inspires me greatly, I read this article on her blog and thought it was a classic tale of one who lives by the philosopy “The Grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it.”

I immediately contacted Kathy to see if I could share it here :

A few days ago, while holding downward dog pose in my husband’s yoga class for what seemed like an eternity, my husband said, “If you can’t avoid it, enjoy it.”

A few people in the class started to chuckle as sweat dripped from their brows.

These words became my mantra for the day. My husband has a way of saying the most profound things at the oddest times.

There are so many situations in life that we can’t avoid. You may be stuck in rush hour traffic for over an hour, for example.

I don’t like waiting much. I used to try any way I could to speed things up. Now I turn on my i-pod and sit back and enjoy the ride.

What else can I do?

As soon as I realize I can’t avoid a situation, I try to enjoy it.

This can apply to anything. You may be stuck at the bank or stuck in line at a grocery store or on hold waiting for someone to put you through to the doctor or sweating it out in a yoga class. As soon as you let go of trying to change where you are, you can actually start to enjoy where you are.

A long time ago, I used to watch the time on the clock at work like a hawk.

I couldn’t wait to get off work and I looked forward to my vacations. Vacations were my time where I could let it all go and relax.

I dreamed about escaping to a far away island with white sand and a crystal blue waters. I would live in my dreams waiting for them to happen.

I don’t do this anymore.

I live exactly where I am right now and I try to enjoy it.

It has made such a difference in my life. Now, I look forward to class time with my students. I tune in to each moment with them and realize that my time with them is precious.

We are exchanging energy with each other and we are learning from each other.Even while I am waiting in line for something, I try to remember that each moment makes up my life.

I can fight the moments waiting for better ones, or I can enjoy them as they are.

Even witnessing the painful moments and accepting them can become a powerful way to realize how important our time is.

I don’t go on vacation as much as I used to.

I don’t feel like I have to get away every weekend. When I do go on vacation, I usually enjoy the time.

But I realize that enjoyment can happen anywhere at anytime.There doesn’t need to be a perfect setting or situation available for me to enjoy my time.

We may be disappointed if we try too hard to create the perfect situation and things don’t turn out as planned.

The best times of my life happened when I didn’t plan anything. I don’t live for the future as much as I used to. I still plan things, but I try not to be too attached to plans and I leave room for spontaneity.

I live life as it comes, enjoying each moment as it unfolds. I never know what each moment will bring for me and if I open up to it and enjoy it, I may be surprised at what I find.

Life may guide me in a direction I never expected it to.

Your life is now, not tomorrow or next month when you are on vacation.

Are you really living your life? Are you enjoying your moments, even the moments you can’t avoid?

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3 Comments

  1. Claire
    Posted 24 Mar at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    i like it! great perspective!

  2. Posted 28 Mar at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Im currently waiting for water to boil. I guess I’m enjoying this moment because I am reading this post while I wait, I’m not sure if that makes me good at ‘living in the moment’, or good at multi-tasking….

    • Sharni
      Posted 28 Mar at 9:53 am | Permalink

      I think you can safely say you have mastered both!!

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