Inside Forces Getting Our Move On

Merriam Webster defines “Inertia” as “lack of movement or activity especially when… wanted or needed.”  Webster also defines “procrastination” as the noun form of  “to put off intentionally or habitually.”  Then there’s the Isaac Newton quote about a body at rest tending to stay at rest “unless an outside force acts on it.”

The definitions and explanations can go on forever, but what we’re really dealing with here is getting our move on.

We can always find reasons why now is a bad time to look for a job, clear the clutter, start a diet, break a habit, end a relationship, enroll in a course or “fill-in-the-blank; we’ve all been there.   Getting started is often the hardest part – where to begin, what does it all look like, what to do first…maybe tomorrow…

In human behavior, Newton’s “outside forces” often take the form of personal crisis – illness, family conflict, financial calamity – bringing with it the colliding messiness of regret, second-guessing and unresolved issues, keeping us in our own inertia.  Maybe what we need instead are “inside forces” of intention: creativity, determination and forgiveness.  And they’re more effective too.

If we stay ready to see opportunities that move us toward our goals, we will find them in people or coincidence – book recommendations, chance encounters, overheard conversations, or unexpected phone calls.  If we practice seeing, listening and imagining, our own “inside forces” get to work enabling us to get on with it – whatever “it” is; we become the “inside force” overcoming our own inertia.

Reasons to put things off are always in front of us; reasons to get started are always within us.  When to get started is our only decision.

Now’s a good time.

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“Forgiveness has deeper rewards than excusing someone for how they have hurt us. The deeper healing comes in the exchange of our resentments for inner freedom. At last, the wound, even if never acknowledged by the other person can heal, and our life can continue.” – Mark Nepo