BY BRONWYN ISON
You’ve heard the adage, “Expect the unexpected.” While we are rarely prepared for what life proposes, you can certainly guarantee you will have curve balls thrown at you. Each day offers a new experience. Naturally, the unexpected will be sure to deliver positives and negatives. This just so happens to be LIFE. Being prepared doesn’t suggest you walk on eggshells and believe something daunting or bad will occur. Consider a mindset of the unexpected will bring positive adventures.
In the year 2000 I sustained a terrible foot injury. Prior to and post surgery I was in a walking boot for six months. I was terribly distraught by the lack of physical movement and frustrated. Post physical therapy my PT suggested I take up yoga. I followed her advice and seventeen years later I am a thriving yogini and owner of yoga studio. I never expected my unfortunate circumstance of an injury would lead me down a career path of being an entrepreneur of a small business. Had I never stepped on a yoga mat I can assure you my life would have been entirely different.
Each day I awaken with an attitude of gratitude. I am thankful and invite any and all experiences into my life. I’ve had my share of blessings and moments of turmoil. Let’s not forget, our unfortunate circumstances teach us lessons too. When a situation arises it important you know how to handle what you have been given. Take time to evaluate what is happening. Do not make irrational decisions and consider all possibilities if it warrants them.
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of meeting so many fascinating people. Many of my students have been with me for years. So many of them never anticipated adopting a consistent yoga practice. In fact, many of them tried yoga and got hooked by happenstance. They were open to expecting the unexpected. As a teacher it is gratifying to witness the transformations.
Just when you least expect it you may get the job offer you have been waiting for. You may also meet the love of your life… when you least expect the person. Most often the greatest joys in our life occur when we did not see it coming. I’ve always been a person who loves and thrives due to surprises. I’ve always said, “Bring it on!”
Maintain an open-heart and mind. You just never know what’s next!