This balancing splits pose requires strength that took some time for me to build. While it is exhilarating to master a challenging pose, the process of learning can in itself be deeply satisfying. Having the patience to slowly learn a new skill (whether in yoga or in life) is an attribute our society doesn't necessarily value. But on the path of growth we learn a lot about our bodies, emotions, and how we think. We either develop non-ego confidence as we reach our goal, or we find non-ego contentment in the acceptance that we may never get there.