I was stuck somewhere between a crow and a lizard when I was finally able to focus on something besides the extreme pain that was beginning to set in. My mind was shaking almost as much as my legs as I tried to rationalize why I seemed to be the weakest one in a room full of all types (and sizes) of women. I tried my hardest to keep a mental and physical grip on the mat as my hands started to slide out, fighting the sweat.
If you saw my Facebook post last week, you know I was headed to a Yoga class on Friday evening with my wife. It turns out it wasn’t for beginners. I should’ve realized it was going to be tough when the middle-aged woman behind us was doing an unassisted headstand as easily as I was sitting!
In the middle of the class, I was distracted by a song that came on between chants. The most memorable line, “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone.” If you’re feeling helpless, help someone.
I have to admit, I’m guilty. I’m guilty of believing in the importance of charity and giving, but not helping as much as I should. There’s always an excuse to not contribute money to charity – whether it’s the car repair bill, the medical bill, or the next financial goal. However, I’ve been too good at making excuses lately.
We’ve all experienced times in our life where we feel like the world is against and nothing is going right. Why is our life so dang hard? Why does it seem like everyone else is so dang happy?
The easiest way to get out of this rut: If you’re feeling helpless, help someone. It helps us realize that we’re all in this together, and we all have real life problems. In fact, it often helps us realize our problems aren’t nearly as big as someone else’s.
How can I complain about my cable bill when someone in my home town of New Orleans just lost their young son to gun violence. How can I complain about my tough work week when someone else is working three jobs just to feed their family.
If you’re feeling helpless, help someone. I’m not telling you to help someone, I’m telling me. I’m telling me because I’m in a nice bubble comfortably isolated from many others who are having big-time struggles in life.
Don’t feel guilty if you haven’t done enough lately because most of us are in the same position. It turns out the full story behind the song strengthens the entire message – it’s definitely worth a listen.