Over Bridges

Daily Movement Prompts, Tuesday January 30, 2018 edition: Over Bridges

There are times when there’s a bridge in front of you, a long path, a steep staircase. Intimidating obstacles loom large. The Zen proverb says, “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” Few of us still have to chop wood to stay warm or carry water to stay alive in our daily lives. But there are still tasks we must face and paths to travel.

When that bridge looks frightening or that hill too tall to climb, how do you get yourself moving? How do you put your feet down and run another road? What does it take to get you back into the water for a swim? Or back into the studio for another dance practice? Or back on the bicycle for another ride?

When you do face that bridge or staircase or hill, I strongly hope that you may feel a sense of accomplishment at the end. That tackling yet another obstacle helps buoy up your confidence. Today, try taking another step towards those goals of yours.