Somewhere in the beginning of teaching yoga, this phrase came up. Amidst a bundle of nerves and angst over teaching that first class, there was a bunch of well meaning advice. This was just one of the many suggestions. At the time it struck me as a little odd, but I was willing to do anything to get through that first class, and Lord was it a doozy! I've heard that phrase many times since that first class, and it hasn't gotten any less odd. No, now it just doesn't resonate at all. I've come to a place, and I feel that I have created a space where authenticity is a mandatory requirement. If I teach badly because of something happening in life, then I accept I teach badly. I have my bad days. Same goes for any person that walks in the door. There is no need to appear super together when you aren't. It's perfectly ok to have one or hundreds of bad days. I don't expect you to have your proverbial stuff together. I don't expect anything. I want us to stop trying to impress each other, and fit certain roles. Let's just be us exactly where we are at in this moment. Maybe it's a great moment. Maybe it's sad. Maybe it's meh. Just let it be what it is. Instead of using that remaining energy we have left for the "glamor" of life, let's use it on things that actually sustain us like cooking, reading, singing, yoga, knitting, gardening....whatever. As the song goes, you be you and I'll be me, and we'll make one happy family. Extra points for naming the origin of that and Google is not allowed. Smiles my friends!