The Journey

Over the years working as a Physiotherapist and teaching Pilates I've had countless conversations with my clients about their progress and goals. One of the biggest mind shifts that needs to occur when embarking on a Pilates program is that it is about the journey, not the destination. That taking note of the small changes and progress is more important than the end goal. Without this, you'll loose motivation for sure. 

As the instructor, its much easier for me to believe this, than it is for you to both listen and hear the message in those words. 

So today, I'd love to share a poem with you.

The Journey, by Mary Oliver 1986

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice -------
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tub
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried. 
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly 
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do ---
determined to save
the only life you could save. 

My challenge to you is to be satisfied with the journey and your individual progress. Don't let others dismiss the hard work you've invested in your health and don't let them make you doubt your path. The journey belongs to you....