That Forward Motion
Updated: Feb 17, 2020
You are designed to move forward - both literally and metaphorically.
In the literal sense, simply take notice of the mechanics of your body, you begin to see that everything is built to propel you in a linear direction (forward).
Life doesn't happen moving backwards,
Nor are your legs (or the deep sense you've been given) developed to have you sit around doing nothing.
That forward motion is what ultimately moves you closer to something 'better', it’s this movement away from something and towards something else, that ultimately gives your life a sense of purpose.
This is not about a perpetual state of restlessness – but rather about getting clear on what you need and should be done and then actually doing it.
Metaphorically, it’s in being (and feeling) productive that gives your life that inherent sense of value.
In knowing that your effort means something
That what you do makes a difference
That you're moving towards something important, and that there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
In the strict Darwinian sense, life is in a perpetual state of motion
A perpetual state of change,
You must either learn to adapt and flow with it, or you’ll soon die off and render yourself irrelevant.
If you don't change, then the world will simply change without you,
So by not moving with it, you are bound to eventually be left behind.
This is ingrained in the very nature of things,
So your biggest risk, is to do nothing.
So how then do you know what to move towards?
Well you don't always know, but moving is a way of figuring it out.
The secret is to get clear on what’s important and let that be your guiding principle.
Getting your priorities straight, embracing that which is useful and letting go of all that which is not.
And sometimes it's simply a matter of faith, taking that first step, before you can see the whole staircase.
Embracing a level of uncertainty and confronting your fears
Because forward motion also means growth, cultivation of your character, strengthening of your will, learning and embracing the journey.
Stagnation then, is the enemy of life,
If you stop that motion forward, your spirit slowly begins to weaken and your light begins to fade.
So the question to you is, what is propelling you forward?
What makes your life worth living?
If you know the answers to those questions, then moving towards that, one step at a time, one foot in front of the other, is the way to go.
And if you don’t, then getting some clarity around that, will be the perfect place to start.