recently I had a comment on one of my posts:
” Thank you so much for remaining steadfast in sharing dhamma. I fall short so often in my practice, and this reminder helps so much.”
My response was swift, but actually a good reminder :
“Falling short is ok, so long as you are falling forward “
For most of us the practice call feel like falling, all of the time, but so long as you are falling in the right direction, ie “falling forward” then you are making progress.
This reminds me of one of my favorite encapsulations of the path :
“The true Middle Way is not a comfortable highway built out of easy compromises, but a lonely, steep ascent, which requires the renunciation of craving and the ability to endure hardship and discomfort.”
if the path is easy, you probably aren’t doing the path
Kamada sutta : (https://suttacentral.net/sn2.6/en/suddhaso?reference=none&highlight=false)
“But this path, Blessed One, is rough and hard to travel.”
“Though it’s rough, hard to travel,
the noble ones, Kāmada, go on their way.
The ignoble fall headfirst on a rough path.
But the path of the noble ones is smooth,
for the noble ones are smooth amid the rough.”
we are not arahants yet, we fall headfirst on the rough path, but keep falling forward and then eventually you too can be smooth amid the rough.