I’ve Survived by Moving Forward (Part Four)

Commit yourself to riding the currents every day, until the skill becomes an integrated part of you.

–Derek Lin, The Tao of Happiness: Stories from Chuang Tzu for Your Spiritual Journey

Forward Motion

Move forward.

                            Generate momentum.

                                                                            Find the path of least resistance.

What allows you to journey onward, all the while casting no more than a fleeting glance at the grimy signposts and decaying monuments to past struggles?

Whatever it is, embrace it—provided it is healthy and authentic.

On that note: do not mistake oblivion for progress.

Progress ≠ Forgetting.

Moving forward is acknowledging the past as past—all the while inhabiting the present and leaning into the future.

New Habit

Old habits die hard, yes—so create a new habit.

It takes, on average, sixty-six days to ingrain a new habit.

For ten weeks, then, move forward every single day.

Even if progress is agonizingly slow; even if you can only drag the burdens of your past a few seconds at a time; even if you collapse and crawl as the razor-sharp rocks shred your hands and knees…





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