Surely everybody knows the phenomenon: you go to the bathroom and the result doesn’t match the expectation. You might think you’re going to evict days worth of food and get rabbit pellets. You might plop down expecting nothing to happen at all and require the courtesy flush! That’s life, eh?
Our Practice sometimes feels the same way.
Oftentimes when it seems like our efforts won’t be fruitful is when we get the wildest results, or have the most incredible experiences.
If ever there were a meaningful case for DailyPractice, surely this is it.
There are no guarantees that we will have epiphanies or transcendent highs, but if we don’t attend to Practice we are assured to not have such moments.
The Gretzky-classic goes, “You miss one-hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.”
Even when it seems irrelevant or unimportant, Practice.
There aren’t substitutes or shortcuts. You just do the work.
Sometimes it will feel wonderful and amazing.
Sometimes it will feel procedural or difficult.
But Practice is not about how it feels in that moment. It’s about tending to the moment, no doubt, but Practice is largely just for Practice’s sake. You do it because you can.
Because you want to.
Because you have to.
Because what you develop through Practice pays off when it’s time for “performance”, so to speak.
You don’t have to like Practice to get results. But you will have to do it.