Tuesday, September 17, 2013
In 1998 a book came out called “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson. It was an immediate best seller, especially in the world of business.
The book was a parable about change and our response to it. The overall message was something like this– if change is a foot and we stay the same we may all soon become extinct.
In the title of this post I talk about “chi” instead of “cheese.” I LOVE the title of this post, however, I cannot take credit for it. I read a variation of it somewhere else and just adapted it for this post.
So what is “chi”?
Simply put “chi” is energy. It exists in all things animate and inanimate, including us humans. “Chi” is not readily visible, but it is most certainly felt.
Have you ever met someone new and instantly clicked with them? If so your “chi” was likely in alignment.
Have you ever walked into a silent room and felt very distinctive negative energy? That was “chi” too.
“Chi” is not a new concept. It is many centuries old. In fact– in Greece it is “Pneuma.” In Japan it is “Ki.” In India it is “Prahna.” The Ancient Romans called it “Spiritus.” In Hebrew it goes by “Ruch.” In the Arab speaking world it is “Rhor. ” Do you know how another culture or tradition has referred to “chi?”
Here in the USA “chi” played a starring role in a popular blockbuster movie several decades ago. Know what film I am talking about? “May the Force be With You” Star Wars fans!
You may be thinking, that is all good, but what does “chi” have to do with us here at Sparkpeople?
It is this…
Sometimes may feel that someone has moved our “chi” and it DOESN’T feel good at all. Sometimes we may overeat, binge, get mad, depressed--the list goes on. When someone moves our "chi" it can literally feel like we’ve been knocked off balance.
When that happens, we are faced with a choice.
We can immediately REACT.
Or, we can step back, regain our balance and then look at the situation with a fresh perspective and new eyes.
I bet many of us Sparkpeople REACT when our "chi" is moved--and our reaction is often self-inflicted bad behavior like binging, self-destructive mental chatter and the like.
REACTING causes us harm, yet we do it anyway. Why? It is easier to REACT than to RESPOND--even when the stakes are high (like our health!) If all we do is REACT, it is likely our extinction or a variation of it won't be too far off as we will eat
I am not suggesting we just take whatever it is that knocked our "chi" out of balance and grin and bear it.
What I am suggesting, however, is that we likely better serve ourselves, the situation and others if we can control our immediate reaction and instead get some perspective so we can thoughtfully respond in an appropriate and productive way.
Whether it is today, tomorrow or the next day I can guarantee that someone or something WILL move our “chi.” That's life here on planet earth...
What we do when it happens will set in motion our future–whether it be for the good, the bad, the ugly or even the modern day health version of “extinction” that Spencer Johnson talked about in his fable.
The next time your “chi” is moved, I hope the Star Wars force is with you and you are moved to RESPOND, not REACT. My dear Spark Friends-- our good health really does require it.
What do you think about this? I want to hear from you, so please share your commentd below...