I have been hanging and playing on monkey bars in my back yard almost every day for the last four months, and I am blogging about it each month.
Let me tell you a secret: This is hard; I am still not very good at it; and sometimes I think I will never get anywhere.
Last year I practiced deep breathing every day, and I saw immediate benefits and big changes. It felt like I was taking giant leaps forward every month.
With my monkey bar hanging practice, I feel like I am a little bird trying to walk across the United States.
Progress is so, so slow.
To make matters worse, in month three and four–August and September–I traveled, it was really hot, and my kitty Leo passed away, which has caused me to feel sad a lot. All of this has made my practice more sporadic than I like.
Sometimes I feel like I am not getting anywhere. Nevertheless, I have decided I am going to keep doing my monkey bar practice the whole year because I believe I learn as much from failure as success. I also believe that small changes are as meaningful as big changes.
And this brings me to my small change for this month: I noticed a change in the way I feel and think when I am on monkey bars.
My arms feel stronger. My back feels stronger. I am getting familiar with the bars, and I have started to imagine myself swinging across them and back with ease.
Sometimes change starts in our feelings, imagination, and body before it actually makes it into the world.
This is small progress, but it is progress.
I’ll see you next month–big change or small change.
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