Finally I am back in the pool… logged a few thousand yards this week which felt really good. Because of the whole iron-gate-biting-off-my-pinkie-toenail incident, I have been sidelined for a couple of weeks. Not only did this skew my physical well-being out of balance, but my mental well-being has wobbled off-kilter as well. I was really excited to jump back in the water but honestly, as the moment got closer and closer, I was dreading it because I knew it was gonna hurt. I was right.
It jump-started my brain though… it can be more exciting to think about doing something than it is to actually do it. Not a huge revelation unless you start to apply it to your own life.
I have been doing a lot of research and writing for School of Disciples about target audiences, psychographics and what motivates people to learn. I keep coming back to the same question: What is the moment or motivation or impetus that makes me act?
TS Eliot writes about the ‘still point of the turning world’ in one of his Four Quartets BurntNorton. At the still point, there is only the dance. “I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.”
The scientist-part of my brain imagines the earth spinning on its axis. At the very center is some infinitesimally small point that is still… watching the rest of the huge mass of matter that is us and our home planet going round and round.
I long to be at that still point. It must be the place where my deepest passion overrides my inertia… where thought turns into action. Maybe it is where God speaks to my heart. In the watching, I desire to be part of the dance, not just the observer.
I need your help. Can you pinpoint that moment or motivation or impetus in your own life that makes you act? If you had to describe it in only a few words, what would you say? Then send it along… post a comment or send an email. I would really love to hear your thoughts.