Let’s turn “practice makes perfect” on its head. Instead, practice, the art of exercising a skill repeatedly, may not lead to perfection but to maturity, i.e., seeing life as it is. I’m thinking about something other than skill development in sports or music, for example, but instead, life practices that foster well-being. The yogic tradition speaks to living skillfully. Neuroscientific research supports the link between well-being as a skill strengthened by outlook, attention, resilience and generosity. How do we practice looking positively for the good in ourselves, others, and life? Often by the example of a life well lived.
My mother, Mai Bell Hurley would be 90 if she were living today. A trailblazer in her hometown, Chattanooga, she was the first woman elected to city government about 30 years ago at my current age. At the time I thought how extraordinary to enter elected office at such an old age!
I no longer think that.
Because Mom had many firsts as a woman in ci