Bill was one of the most gifted athletes I have ever known.
Bill could pick up anything and learn it instantly. He was fast and agile. Even more, he was relaxed about any competitive act which gave him the one thing all athletes crave - grace. Tennis, track, basketball, football, even ballet -- nothing humbled his innate physical talent.
But then he decided to learn to surf.
And he foundered. And foundered. I would sit on the beach, watching him, and pretend I didn't see him pearl, wipe out, slip sideways off his board.
It was painful to watch.
But he never seemed humiliated by the task. He never backed off or gave up.
He kept at it. And kept at it. And at it.
And in time, Bill became a solid surfer.
Every rookie knows you need to practice to improve. In yoga, you often feel like a rookie. And that's a good thing.
Practice doesn't always make perfect.
Practice makes practice.