How do you go from “will it fly?” to “fly high”? It’s more than a leap of faith when you’re trying to bring an idea to life, it’s trusting the process and the timing.
In 2014, I was in Level II of my Pilates certification, which is more than 500 hours of training, involving several long workshops across the span of three days. I studied with two master trainers, Ana Caban and Shauna Lazlo.
Shauna is from Montana and always brought little cards and trinkets. At the end of each training, she asked us to pick a card from the deck from what looked like tarot cards. I did it because I was curious about why people believe in these beautiful, painted, storytelling cards, and while I will listen to their interpretation of meaning behind the cards, I always rely on my own judgement. In Los Angeles, there are tarot card reading psychics on every corner, so I don’t think anything of them other than a commonly used business model for spiritually starved people.
My card was “patience”. I was having trouble and afraid of completing my testing. There were a few moves that felt impossible to do no matter how hard I practiced and I was so afraid that I would fumble and hurt myself or forget one of the safety rules that led to an automatic failure.
It takes patience to make an idea fly. It takes trial and error. It took 500 hours of patience to complete my certification. It took 17 drafts of patience until I had a solid first chapter for my first novel.
Although I pulled my shoulder on the push through bar on the Cadillac, I did pass my test. At the end of the weekend, where we were all taking the final group photo and Shauna and Ana Caban, congratulated us for the hard work we put in, Shauna pulled out a little cloth, drawstring bag. This was another tradition she liked to do.
The little bag was full of charms, and everyone got to choose one. Mine is the metal dove in the above picture. I always kept this charm at every desk I worked, it reminds me of her, and those weekends passing my test with Ana and other Pilates mentors, because those weekends taught me so much more than Pilates.
Ana, Shauna and all my other master trainers told us stories of their mentors, and about what teaching Pilates is really like when you deal with people. When Ana worked with Romana, she didn’t know if her career would fly, but it did and she opened her first studio in Miami. When Shauna worked with firefighters and the hotshots in rural Montana, she didn’t how her career would fly, but it did. So every time I look at this charm, I always remembered to have faith, because as long as I was working to put words together on these pages, with a little patience, I knew that my ideas will one day fly high.