When and only when

When and only when old muscle fibre is destroyed does a person build strength.

When and only when there is a change in the audience does art get created.

When and only when there is potential for conflict does a leader arise.

When and only when there is a chance for failure can something lend meaning.

When and only when it feels like a struggle can there be growth.

When and only when the status-quo is altered can there be life.

The struggle

As soon as I sit in a yoga posture, my body protests. My muscles ache, my legs stiffen, my breathing turns laboured and my jaws clench.

When I sit in that pose for 2 minutes, my body realizes that its tantrum hasn’t worked, and it gives in. My breathing normalizes and my muscles relax into the pose. I can then hold that pose for much longer than I initially thought.

We are addicted to the status-quo. Whenever we shift it, our immediate impulse is to lash out, protest and throw a tantrum. But when we persist long enough, we ease into the shift and embrace the change it brings.

We do not suffer when the status-quo shifts. We suffer because of our struggle and the drama that goes into denying the shift.