Faceful of Powder
One of my animal rescue friends invited me to lunch last week to catch up about what was transpiring in our lives. Terri told me she recently committed to learning to ski powder.
For those of you who don’t ski, skiing powder requires a very different skill set than regular skiing.
Terri said she even hired a virtual ski coach to help her master powder.
(I never heard of a virtual ski coach before, but I like it!)
Anyway, Terri tells how excited she is because just yesterday she fell flat on her face!
Flat on her face? She’s obviously pleased with herself and the progress she’s making. What’d I miss?
I wondered how falling flat on your face is a good thing. But her big smile was genuine and unswayable as she relayed this news.
But I’m not getting it.
She patiently explains to me, Miss Avoid Powder at All Costs, that falling flat on her face means she’s skiing aggressively, is in the right stance and doing the right things that she could even END UP flat on her face in powder.
In fact, afterwards she was so excited she called her coach to share the good news – and he was even more thrilled than she was!
He told her to go do it again three more times.
Okay, now it’s making sense …
.. this is what it looks like to master something new. Sometimes we fall on our faces, which might not feel fab. But it means we’re moving, we’re giving it a shot, and we’re in the process of mastering!
It reminds me of why I don’t play pool. (Because I can’t stand to miss a shot.)
If I had Terri’s perspective, I might be having a blast as a Professional Pool Shark today instead of Attraction Coach Extraordinaire.
(At least, I might if they had pool halls in sunshiney outdoor parks where there was no smoking. ha!)
But I see how fear of failing and not embracing the inevitable learning curve sometimes stops me – as well as many of my clients. How different would our vibe be if we were not only EXPECTED to fall on our faces, but congratulated for it?
Terri admitted that although it wasn’t the most fun sensation – it was a small price to pay for becoming the Master of Powder.
Which is what she’s manifesting: “master powder skier.” Not “falling on her face” – but she gets that not only will there be some facefulls of powder as she learns this new skill, but that it’s a good sign of progress.
It tells her she’s headed in the right direction. She not only doesn’t let a face full of powder stop her, she makes it the proud topic of conversation with friends.
As well she should.
I get it. Here’s to enjoying a face full of powder, as we all move toward our mastery of whatever has our delicious attention in this moment.