Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Law is On Your Side: how to get where you really want to be

Ever have one of those days when all you want to do is stay in bed?

This winter has been one of those days.

My grandma and B's mom, Dixie, they made quilts.  Pink and green wedding rings, a red eight-pointed star, and a fairy ring made out of polyester scraps that wears like iron.  Ain't no cold getting inside those layers, baby.  I've got a warm spot right here and I'm not comin' out.

An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted upon by force.

Newton said it and I imagine his voice big, booming, and bold laying down

The winter was cold and I moved less and less and my body began to stiffen.  We know good and well our hearts, minds and souls are like that too.

We pull in and stiffen a little more each day.

According to Newton, we aren't going to start moving without a reason, without force.

Maybe that force is a friend, perhaps something you need and really can't do without.  Maybe a child drives you out of your warm spot.  Maybe your soul is dug in deep and the only thing that can move you is faith. Maybe you are the force.

Great thing about a universe intelligently designed, there is great balance and there is more to Newton's law:

An object in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by force.

And there it is, the way to turn the laws of nature to our advantage.

Wherever you want to be, just take a step in that direction.

An object in motion will remain in motion unless something tries to stop it and even then, even then it will resist being stopped.

As spring approaches and I begin to wake up to sunlight, the light fuels my emotions and emotion fuels my energy and faith forces me forward and I become an object in motion.

An object will resist changes in its motion.  We keep heading the direction we are already going.  That includes you and me, for good or bad.  Unless we are acted upon by force.

If you need to change where you are going, change what you are doing.

Find a reason, a force, and start the ball rolling toward your chosen destination.

Decide where you want to be.  Use your brain to figure out which behaviors will naturally result in the consequences you desire.

If you want to be on time, get up and leave earlier.  If you want to change jobs, be a great employee where you are and actually apply for the job you want.  If you want to be fit, move.  If you are already exhausted and want your energy back, adjust your diet and go to bed.

I've had to quit whining about the cold.  I've had to get out from under the covers and move and when I did, I found myself surprised by where I could go.

Action breeds action.  Productivity breeds productivity.

Maybe it is as simple as making the bed.  Once that is done, the dishes take only twenty minutes.  A walk at the park, that task you avoid at work.  The bills are paid and there is still time for your favorite things, a long book, a run, maybe a precious hour to paint or play games with your family.

You don't have to save the world today, lose five pounds today or even be perfect today.  All you have to do is decide where you are headed and take a step.  Today.

It's the law.

The law is on your side.

on my way,

more like this?
Bloom Where You're Planted
Take the City (if you need a little, well, force!)
Double, double, toil, and trouble (or redeeming a major fail)

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