Sunday, August 16, 2009

There are no photographs. . .

We had a nice gathering on Saturday to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Feldenkrais Center of Houston. Sorry if you missed it -- you'll have to join us another time. Did we take pictures?

*Forehead slap.* Nope.

Why not?

I could tell you a big long story about how I'm just not inclined to take pictures, usually; or that I thought about asking Chris to take some snaps during the party, but ended up not mentioning it; or several other lame excuses. However, it just boils down to this: I didn't make it a priority.

Even though I have a Flickr account, a YouTube channel, a Facebook page, and we had several of the most socially-networked and digitally-connected people in Houston show up to nosh some hors d'oeuvres and raise a glass , nobody made picture-taking a priority, and so it didn't happen.

Among so many distractions, it's easy to let minor details slip. In the larger scheme of things, it's not that important. This non- crisis has shown me how I tend to classify as "minor" many things that are really in the "it would be nice if. . ." column. Just because a situation isn't an emergency doesn't mean that it's not important. The "it would be nice's" are what add quality to life. It's why we plant flowers around our homes and in front of our businesses instead of leaving the dirt bare. It's why we leave the porch light on. It's why we savor that fabulous dinner, or vacation, or a few extra moments to snooze before the alarm goes off in the morning. The non-essentials are always what we'd like just a little more of. And it's why we like to have some pictures after a party. It prolongs the fun, rather than having it recede into memory. On the other hand, there is no incriminating evidence. . .

The Feldenkrais Method teaches, among other things, how making just a tiny difference can make a big difference. That "it would be nice if" that you think isn't important could be the key to a transformation.

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1 comment:

Barbara McCool said...

Congratulations, Mary Beth on seven years of service to Houston clients. How many people have received new insights and blessings from your practice. How many are using their bodies more effectively because of your gentle coaching. If I had been at your party, I would have proposed a toast to you and wished you many more years of successful service. Barbara