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A Body In Motion Tends To Stay In Motion; A Body At Rest Tends To Stay At Rest

Monday, October 05, 2009

This is a principle of physics, but it is the same thing with regard to human behavior. Most people detest change, even when it is clear that a change would be for the better. Many, many years ago I read a book, Jude The Obscure. I can recall thinking as I read, "why doesn't he (the protagonist) do something...why does he just go on in his misery?"

I have changed some things in my life, and oh boy, was some of it ever scary. I thought I might be faced with loss; I might be lacking in courage, stamina or impetus, I might make a fool of myself. Right now I'm in a struggle to change. Today is day three that I've managed to do something, however little, to move in the right direction. I'm scared to death to even let anyone know what I am trying to achieve for fear that tomorrow I will revert.

Sometimes when we make a change we lose old buddies: excessive food, alcohol, gambling, etc. And when we lose these we need to confront the demons that they temporarily subdue.
What demons am I trying to bury? It's terrifying, but I know it's best if I go forward.
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    I needed to hear this today. Thanks!
    3090 days ago
    Working on some big changes over here, too. Let's picture success and forge ahead with courage. emoticon
    3090 days ago
    Agree about the physics. Change is hard and you may fail at first, but you have to keep trying if your are going to make things better in the long run. Good luck.
    3090 days ago
    Hi Gail
    I wrote about this same subject in one of my earlier blogs: Newton's First Law of Motion and Me.
    Great minds think alike, I guess. :-)
    Good luck on getting back to moving.
    3090 days ago
    What's the old FDR saying...the only thing to fear is fear itself....you are making great strides in adjusting to one difficult situation after another...keep on keepin on!
    3091 days ago
    Congratulations on making some positive changes in your life. I know it is scary. I've been making some scary changes too, and I'm always reluctant to tell others about it for fear I'll revert or somehow it'll somehow slip out from underneath me. I don't necessarily trust change... does that make sense? Like, right now, I've lost a decent amount of weight, and now my clothes are too big. I'm having trouble shopping for new clothes because I'm anxious that even though my "normal" size is way too large, I'm still afraid that the smaller sizes will be too small. Or that they just won't fit me right for some other reason. And if they do fit, and I buy them, I'll gain the weight back and they won't fit me for long. I could write a novel about all of my anxieties. But still, it is worth it to work on positive changes. Have faith that you are doing good things for yourself.
    3091 days ago
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