Today’s thought comes from the article “Staying on Point” by Katherine Weissman. You can find the link to this article on my inspirational reads page.
This originally stood out to me as a reason to not put your head down during difficult times. It is only when we are looking up and out that we can be prepared for opportunities.
“Ambiguity is stressful. When you can’t see what lies ahead, it’s normal to become more tentative, to give in to the impulse to sink into your hips and thighs, fall back on your heels and fix your eyes nearer to the ground. The posture in ballet, and particularly on pointe, is exactly the opposite. I am forced to pull myself up as far as I can go and then some. By sheer force of will, I make my legs, body and neck inches longer. I gaze up and out, leaning slightly forward, embracing the hypothetical audience. My stance is one of readiness—I am literally on my toes, poised for opportunity and adventure, open to change. Ballet has given me the flexibility to deal with loss and the courage to finally emerge from the wings.”