A good friend of mine recently expressed the sentiment that life is interactive; it responds to input from us. I thought this was so simple and accurate, yet so significant, too.
When we find ourselves facing challenges or feeling uncertain about what our next move should be, it's easy to freeze up or shut down. We delay things or put them on hold. We decide to sit still until we know exactly what our next move should be. This can lead to even more uncertainty; we feel even more stuck and more unclear about how to proceed. Eventually, inertia sets in, and it becomes difficult to do anything.
Oftentimes, the best thing you can do when we find ourselves in such a state is to simply take action – any action. Anything that gets you moving and engaged with life again.
There's definitely wisdom in exercising caution when things are unclear or you're feeling confused. Rushing forward in haste when you have no idea what you're doing is rarely a good idea, and you don't want to head blindly into a situation that you'll later regret. At the same time, there are always a few steps you can take at any given time, with minimal risk, no matter where you may be at. In doing so, you provide input, and life responds.
Even the smallest of actions can have impressive, far-reaching impact. For instance, think about one of your best friends in life. That friendship probably started from an initial introduction. Simply by being open to meeting someone new and engaging in conversation, a lasting friendship was formed. There are countless other ways in which life responds to our input in rich and wonderful ways. Sometimes, life responds in ways that we never would have foreseen or even imagined.
If you're at a place where you're feeling stuck or unsure about what to do next, don't let inertia set in. Remember that life is interactive and offer it some input. Don't worry if your action is small; life will respond, and you just might be amazed at where it takes you.
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