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How Many Licks Does It Take to get to the Tootsie Roll Center of a Tootsie Pop?

What’s the best part of a Tootsie Pop? I say it’s the Tootsie Roll in the center. Or maybe it’s that sweet spot where you lick half lollipop and half Tootsie Roll. Yummy!

Have you ever thought what it takes to get to Tootsie Roll Center of a Tootsie Pop? Well I propose that it takes effort to get there, but at least you are enjoying the ride along the way.

Friends, the journey of life can really be that sweet. When we slow down and look at all the things we have in our lives, that awareness can be as sweet the lollipop. And with a little effort, as long as we enjoy that candy-coated, slow ride, we will eventually accomplish our goals.

Yoga teaches us that the enjoyment of the journey that is called life is just as important as the end results.  Please ponder a few questions:

  • Do you only focus on a particular goal and miss the moments that it took to get you there?
  • Do you suffer from a lot of anxiety until you finally achieve your goal?
  • Do you get frustrated that the goal isn’t manifesting fast enough and give up?

I would like to offer you an alternative, because where I come from, that is a lot of drama to endure in reaching your goals in life.  Wouldn’t it be much more pleasurable if, instead of suffering from the every day stresses of life that it takes to get you to your goal, that you slow down and enjoy the journey along the way?

I have a co-worker who once asked me why time passes so slowly when we are kids, but flies by as adults. I believe it is because as kids, we only really focus on the events that occur in the present moment. But as adults, we juggle so much that we often lose sight of the present and only worry about the past or the future.

The present, my friends, is a present; it is a gift.

Life happens in the here and the now. The past is a memory and the future is not a guarantee. Yoga’s really big secret to the enjoyment of life is to take all that energy we expend worrying about the past or the future, and use it to enjoy the present moment instead.

How can I do this?, you might ask. Well the first suggestion I have is to breathe. That’s it; it’s that simple. Every time you are stressed out and your mind is running 100 mph, take a long slow deep breath. In fact, take 20 long, slow deep breaths.

Then think of a few things that you are grateful for. I bet if you do that, you will find a smile appearing on your face. It is nearly impossible to focus on something that you are grateful for and not smile.

Once you have done those few things, then try resuming what you were doing. I would bet money that you will notice the task at hand is a little sweeter, and that any anxiety you were feeling becomes a distant memory.

Life is delicious when we focus on the moment. It is as delicious as the lollipop on the way to the Tootsie Roll!

So how many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?  Who cares as long as you are enjoying the ride!




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