Monday, February 1, 2010


I had an "ah-ha" moment today.

An older woman came to see me for a free consultation and session. She was referred by an acquaintance of mine who is a chiropractor. The woman brought a host of physical challenges into our session: postural issues, osteopenia, and an out-of-whack sacroiliac joint. Not your average person looking for "Pilates abs." The word "frail" comes to mind.

We worked hard in the session: me, watching her form carefully and modifying exercises; her, trying to control the machine and use her own body awareness to avoid any injury.

At the end of the session, she walked over to my bookcase where I have several items on display, including Hindu deities, framed quotes, business cards and several pictures. She pointed to a quote. "I love this," she stated. I looked at what she was pointing at. It was one of my favorites, too:

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

I walked her out of the studio and she reached to hug me while saying, "Well, you seem to know what you're doing with your one precious life. What a gift you have and what a wonderful little business you've built."

She went on to book two sessions a week.

After she left, I thought to myself, what if I am doing something with my life? What if I don't always need to be looking for so much change? What if this is enough, at least for now? And then it hit: maybe it doesn't need to be so wild; maybe, just maybe, it's absolutely precious just the way it is.

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