Our family still gets the newspaper, and we are all avid daily readers of the comic strips. As 2012 winds down and 2013 approaches, many of the comics are focused on New Year’s resolutions. The punch line is often about our human capacity to set goals and then to ignore them, or with equal frequency, back-slide to an even worse place than where we started. Why do we put ourselves through this every year and how can we change?
Advice abounds on how to change and improve yourself. I offer you mine: know that you only have to take it one day at a time, and small steady changes add up to amazing, life-altering changes.
The small, steady, daily efforts then have another gift, the gift of unintended benefits. Mr. Iyengar says in The Tree of Yoga “Yoga has several facets, and though the aim and culmination of yoga is the sight of the soul, it has lots of beneficial side-effects, among which are health, happiness, peace and poise.” I started yoga to get myself moving again after three children and a professional career left me drained. What I have gained from my steady practice is unmeasurable — certainly everything Mr. Iyengar has described and more!
I wish for each of you small, steady and daily improvements for 2013 and beyond. Welcome the New Year!