At my tai chi class last week we worked on transitions from one stance (pose) to another. We decided that the transition to the stance was just as important as working on the stance itself, and that we should pay careful attention to the transition, instead of focusing on getting to the next stance. As usual, tai chi imitates life, so it got me thinking about how I have been in a transition ever since 2014 when I had brain surgery, followed by my husband’s death in 2015. I’ve been transitioning from healthy to a little bit disabled, and from married to single. So now I ask myself: Have I been so focused on where I will end up that I have neglected to experience the present moment? I keep thinking that I’m in transition, so it’s like I don’t take my life seriously, like I’m just passing through a stage. Why can’t I just be satisfied where I am now? Well, I really am satisfied, and very happy, but there’s also a part of me that wonders how it will feel when I have transitioned to…. what? My new intention is to enjoy where I’m at right now, and quit acting like it’s just a transition. And even if it is a transition, I intend to value it as much as I think I will value the destination. And really, my destination is unknown and mysterious, but where I am now is concrete and real. So it all goes back to the same theme: Live life in the present. In the now. Embrace it and love it. I can do that! As a matter of fact, I’m going dancing tomorrow night. And if someone asks me to take a risk, I’m not going to say, “I’m not ready.” I’ll say, “Bring it on!”

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