An Unbalanced Force
If you’ve been reading this blog the past couple of weeks you are aware of me lamenting about lack of motivation, inertia and general weariness. Thank you Covid-19. Last week I used Newton’s first Law of Motion as a metaphor for this situation. “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”
Let me take a moment to explain what is meant by an “unbalanced force.” Say you are walking across a room while carrying a glass of water . As you walk the water remains as is in the glass. It’s not sloshing around nor does the water level change. Then you bump into something and the water spills. Obviously, the water is no longer “at rest.” Bumping into something while walking was the force that caused the water to spill or move. Hope you get the idea.
Now, here’s what happened. I was having a phone conversation with a friend and colleague. We compared notes on how difficult the pandemic was for everyone, not just us. Then she told me she had signed up for a Coursera course which I might be interested in. She said we could take it together. Although I was not very enthusiastic I agreed to check it out. While browsing the Coursera site, searching for this particular course, I took note of the seemingly infinite course selections. I not only signed up for the course with my friend, but also found another one to dive into.
I must thank my friend. She was the unbalanced force that got this body at rest back into motion. I feel more light-hearted and am enjoying my brain cells dancing around again.
There are two morals to this story:
One: To paraphrase Jimmy Dean, we can’t change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails for a better journey.
Two: Even during uncertainty and when nothing is sure, there is still hope and possibility.
Comments are welcomed.