You ever had life going along great and it threw you a curve ball, right out of, what seemed like, the blue? Why is it hard to try sometimes? Why do we give up sometimes before we even put forth the effort?
Did you ever notice, sometimes, things become complicated, when they seem so straight forward? What causes the proverbial dropping of the ball? Well, I can by no means cover the reasons completely in such a small space, but I believe I do have a thought to offer on the subject.
Lets start with a basic comparison. Physical exercise is something people are conflicted over. We all agree it's necessary to a certain degree and beneficial when done reasonably regularly, but many find themselves struggling with the will to choose to do it in the moment. Why do we stop short of good things so often? Basic physics, the use of energy, or what's scientifically called “Work”: the application of a force applied to an object over a distance, to bring movement.
In science there is a principle, it goes like this, “An object at rest, TENDS to WANT to stay at rest, and an object in motion, TENDS to WANT to stay in motion, UNLESS acted on by an outside force”. So let's take a soccer ball, for example. If you carefully pay attention, when you first kick a soccer ball while it's resting still, you will feel the ball is slightly heavier then the next kick to keep it rolling.
Well, has the ball suddenly become lighter or is something else going on? When a ball is at rest, forces like gravity, atmosphere pressure, and friction, are acting on the ball, to try and keep it at rest. No, it's not conscious, but these things are present at all times, unseen yet still reality. If you were to look at the surface of a soccer ball more closely, let's say, under a microscope, you would see millions of nooks and crannies. Wow, just like English muffins! Then if you looked at the surface of the ground you would see the same type of thing.
These two surfaces, much like teeth in the gears of a machine, get interlocked and so the ball WANTS to resist forward motion when you kick the side of the ball. Under normal circumstances this is not strong enough to totally resist, and the spring action of the ball’s material absorbs the motion and then springs forward, causing the ball to start rolling. What can't be seen is gravity and air pressure pushing down on the ball as well, this can force the ball to be more interlocked and keep it fixed in place.
Just think of kicking a bowling ball, more weight, meaning more little molecules to make up the ball, so more effect of gravity, and more resistance, and obviously more pain, ouch! This is REALLY wanting to stay at rest.
So what am I on about here?
Whether it's exercising, to develop your body physically; training your brain, to think in new patterns, like when learning a new subject, or growing spiritually. First recognize, whenever we try to do a new thing, there are forces inside and outside that are acting to keep things from changing. Face the force acting on your attitude and say yes to change and then give it a kick, of the appropriate kind!
To those who want to grow physically healthy, I say, get out to a health club, soccer field, or together with friends for a day of frisbee or pick-up baseball, start slow, but start!
To others who always wanted to learn a new language, how to weld, or understand emotional dynamics better, sign-up for a course or two at our wonderful local Colleges and Universities, or take a certified course online. These can be done one class at a time, so it doesn't have to cost you much at all.
To the many who aspire to deeper things, the intangibles that are so substantial none the less, dust that Bible off the shelf and give God a real honest opportunity to access the concerns of your heart. Remember, there are outside forces, very real yet not easily seen, trying to force your life to stay the same. Growth is necessary, movement is part of that, and sometimes rest can trick you into withholding your wonderful contribution to the world!
So dig in, it's your life, you can choose to move forward and find a new kind of rest in growing. By the way, just like the soccer ball, it gets easier once you get rolling, now you only need to add a little effort to keep the outside forces from stopping the ball again. It's actually lazier to keep things moving than it is to stop and then start, and stop and start; it takes more energy that way.
FYI, for our readers, our amazing son Christopher, who was a regular columnist for this paper, is on a new leg of his life. He has moved forward and is now residing in Halifax. He has a line on a great job at a school out there to teach multimedia to journalism students. He is enjoying time with life long and brand new friends out there. Good on You Mate!
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Recently at a meeting of council, Mayor Rowett publicly reprimanded Councilor Don Kett in a council chamber, alleging he breached the Code of Conduct and withheld confidential information.
Councilor Kett's recent Letter to the Editor was in response to concerns expressed by one of his constituents and directed personally to him via the newspaper. He only spoke in support of the Township's initiatives and the good work being done by local businesses as recently clarified in this newspaper. He did not say anything that hadn't previously been announced, and did not offer a minority opinion. He did not breach the code of conduct.
In relation to the welcome expansion of a local business, Councilor Kett was privy to confidential information and kept his silence as requested, something the Code of Conduct requires, in fact. The Mayor chose not to have council attend partly because of the limited information Councilor Kett was able to offer. After the good news announcement, the Mayor waited a week to air his grievances and reprimand the Councilor in public. If the Mayor was so upset, a quiet word in the office to better understand the councilor's position on the matter would have sufficed without making an unnecessary public spectacle of himself, creating his own negative cloud on the issue.
The Mayor's presentation about Councilor Kett's expenses, due last February, followed on from the reprimand. The report not only revealed some improper expense claims due to a misunderstanding of the rules but errors of oversight by other parties too. The complainant who brought the issue to light has stated, “There is no doubt the Mayor and CAO's...should shoulder some of the blame here”.
Unfortunately, Councilor Kett has received a regular barrage of bad publicity, even seeking his dismissal at one point. This latest reprimand just before the summer recess was unwarranted. Councilor Kett has not only worked hard for the residents of Scugog Island during his tenure on council but prior to his term in office too.