“We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value.”
Good morning, friends! I hope the time change hangover didn’t catch you today. It’s never the Sunday of time change that hurts; it’s always the Monday. We’re in it now, so let’s get to it!
I hope I don’t sound too pessimistic but I hear a constant melody at the end of person’s lives. “I wish I had…” I don’t hear it always with that language but the melody is there. There is the backward view with reasonable clarity that sees the underwhelming results. And never is it expressed with joy. Essentially, gravity got them, just as it does you and me. Gravity, not in the sense of the magnetic force that pulls all things to the center of the earth. Gravity, in the sense of the downward pull of emotions, health, relationships, energy, vision, etc. When we relax, take time off, or just plain quit, gravity begins to win.
In Greek mythology we learn of the deposed king, Sisyphus. His tyrannical reign created his banishment, condemned to push a giant boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back down once near the top. Eternally, Sisyphus struggles with the boulder. None of us wants that life; we consider the very image as anathema to our dreams. But “up” is not the natural direction of things. “Down” has the benefit and support of gravity. The Wright brothers learned this lesson. Getting the first plane off the ground was hard; keeping it up was the real challenge and ultimately the real victory.
O The day you stop working to advance you begin going down.
O The day you stop attending to your health gravity begins to win.
O The day you withhold attention to friends gravity wins.
O The day you don’t climb the mountain downhill wins.
P As long as you must work do your best to grow and achieve.
P As long as you have reasonable health give it all you have.
P As long as you have good relationships nurture them completely.
P Whatever you want to live give it all the energy you have.
Because the natural direction of things is down, so our efforts must be up. Yes, I know the dangers of resting, relaxing, taking time off. When I took a week off from exercising it took months to get back in gear. When I didn’t call a friend for a long time it turned into an eternity. The examples are rife for all of us. Surrender to the sirens of “moderation” and “good enough” if you want, but gravity is gravity and it wins when we let it. Figure out what matters to you and give it all the energy it needs to live well. And you will, too! Have a wonderful week!