Walking home to the train the other day I saw something so cute, I had to double back to see it again. A mom with two boys, each on their scooters, the eldest right near mom, and the youngest being pulled by his good old dog Charlie. What a sight! I was mesmerized to see exactly how this worked. The dog happened to be pretty old and a VERY good listener. For every few steps, the boy was pulled in a gleeful swoosh of movement. However, the leash would come out of the boy’s hand and good old Charlie would wait patiently for the boy to pick it up again. The mom would give directions, "Wait Charlie ... good dog ... okay go ... wait Charlie ... goooood dog ... okay go now." This happened several times, and every time good old Charlie would wait patiently for his chariot driver to again pick up the reins again.
I can only imagine if things were a little different how this scenario could look. I've seen a few adults walking pretty big excited dogs and really struggling to avoid lurching forward even on foot. And somehow a spry excited chihuahua puppy trying to pull a six foot four businessman on a skateboard wouldn't have been so sweet and perfect as this. Amazing what the perfect combination of small boy, good dog and scooter creates. This is a situation that had to have those exact conditions all in line in order for it to work -- not to mention a lot of patience from the mom to allow for it all to happen in the first place!
Sometimes things just fall into line and work out amazingly like this. However, at other times we can create the conditions for things to happen and then patiently wait to see the results. If we never try, then it shouldn't be a surprise to see no results. Imagine longing to be on the other side of a river and choosing to stand on one side praying for the other shore to come to you. This won't get you to the other side! You have to get in a boat and row!
If there is something you are longing for in your heart of hearts -- learning another language, or how to play the guitar, or getting your desktop organized so you can think straight -- notice if you are taking the action to make it happen. Focus on creating the conditions for what you want in your life, and then patiently wait to see what unfolds.
-- Frances Taylor-Brown
Jason Ray Brown
Is Yoga an Inherently Balanced Practice?, by Jason Brown