Day 1,561 – Thankful for Gaining Momentum and Rise by Eddie Vedder

One of my favorite books shared the idea of creating lasting change feeling similar to pushing hard to get a flywheel moving. It takes a lot of effort to get the mass moving, but each step gets increasingly easier. After a little while the inertia of the flywheel is so powerful that instead of needing to push hard to make it move there has to be significant pressure pushing AGAINST it to get it to slow down. The initial push is the most difficult and the point when it is easiest to stop. Once momentum is on our side the action becomes so much easier.

This picture just seemed to fit today – the confidence, the journey, the wild, the endless possibilities.

Today it felt like I had momentum on my side. Don’t get me wrong, it took much work to keep as focused as I did, but I could already feel parts of life flow much more easily than yesterday. I kept the same pattern as yesterday, followed the framework, and accomplished more than expected. I feel I’m at the start of a long journey, but I’ve got the wind at my back and it’s helping to push me along. I’m grateful for the feeling of momentum – it helps me both see the progress being made while reminding me to appreciate these moments at the initial push and to savor the additional work they are taking.

After a quick search of old blogs I realized that I haven’t blogged about the song Rise by Eddie Vedder before. Crazy! It’s one of my favorite songs for so many reasons. You can check it out here – it’s a beautiful ear worm. Once momentum is on our side the action becomes so much easier.Once momentum is on our side the action becomes so much easier.

There are a handful of reasons why I’m grateful for this song, but this morning it just seemed to hit the right chord for me. As I focus on living more intentionally and striving to live my life the way I would truly like this song hits the nail right on the head. It’s a song about moving forward, finding the path, picking myself back up, and continuing to find my way. When I caught myself singing along to it in the shower I couldn’t help but smile.

Such is the way of the world
You can never know
Just where to put all your faith
And how will it grow

Gonna rise up
Burning black holes in dark memories
Gonna rise up
Turning mistakes into gold

Such is the passage of time
Too fast to fold
Suddenly swallowed by signs
Low and behold

Gonna rise up
Find my direction magnetically
Gonna rise up
Throw down my ace in the hole

Eddie Vedder, Rise


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