“It’s New York, what did you expect?”

A visitor stopped by my Yoga and Tai Chi studio earlier this snowy morning, inquiring about a Tai Chi class. We struck a friendly conversation and, given snow was gently showering us, I mentioned to him that during severe weather, before heading to the studio, he can check my website’s homepage for announcements about last-minute class cancellation. “Though,” I added, “if it’s just light snow as we have today, we still try to hold the class.” At this, the inquirer, a man in his late 50’s, grinned and said, “You know, I was born and raised in Florida; that is Florida the state, (not the neighboring NY town named Florida.) I still remember, many years ago, when I visited family in NY for the first time in the winter and it snowed, I was glued to the window, watching at awe snow falling. Now, many years after I actually moved here, I am still puzzled by locals who act surprised when it snows. What do they expect? Warm winters? If so they should move to Florida! After all, it’s New York. It snows here in the winter.” We both smiled and parted ways; him with an intention to come next time we have a class.
It occurred to me how easily we forget basic facts of life such as it snows in New York in the winter. That is a fact. Yet we take it personally when flurries start falling from the sky, getting upset when the highly probable, happens.
Drawing from this onto a larger canvas: how many events in life we know with high degree of certainty are coming, yet when these occurrences actually take place, we take it personally, react with shock, disbelief and even anger?
God knows I do this more than I wish to admit…

Learned from: Joe, a person interested in learning Tai Chi and apparently, without possibly realizing it, already understands one very basic principle: life is exactly what it is...


About Ronen

Ronen Divon had been walking spiritual and holistic paths for well over thirty years. Born in Israel, educated in New York, and currently residing in North Carolina, Ronen had traveled the world, spending time with teachers, masters, healers and guides. With wisdom that spans multiple traditions, including the Far East, India, Israel, Brazil, Peru, and Native America, Ronen remains a student, learning and adding modalities that will best serve his clients, each according to their own unique needs. Ronen is also a published author, a Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi instructor.
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