Inertia

Inertia. You know the Universal Law that keeps us moving blindly or sitting dumbly. Among its definitions are apathy, torpor, lethargy and even disinterest. Sometimes inertia needs to be overcome in order to get us started – a good push, a kick in the butt, a fire under the…you get the point.

Other times it is movement itself that needs to be overcome. Forward, backward, sideways – makes no difference – it’s blind, it’s misread as advancement, and ultimately it causes damage when it’s clear that no progress has been made. Think of it as churning water….

Seems to me this is the hardest inertia to overcome. You see, it often looks good – racking up the miles; some don’t want to “rock the boat”; and, as a part of the Universal Law is that you need a greater force to stop it, sometimes we’re afraid of the work required to dig in and bring mindless momentum to a screeching halt – knowing that even more work will be required to get it going again.

I leave it to you to provide examples – I have many – way too many….

But here is the thing – what if stopping the seemingly inexorable actually provides the impetus for change?

Listen:

We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things [but] there are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.
~James Carroll

Imagine what those breezes might tell us – if only we stop to listen.

Your thoughts?

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