Inertia – Understanding it makes life easier

Inertia – what it actually means(taken from wikipedia) …

Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion

I find inertia everywhere in the human behaviour starting from waking up in the morning to laying down in the night. We resist to wake up trying to stay in the state of sleep and after you wake up, resistance starts again to stay in the awaken state.  Laziness is another best example for it, you tend not to change your state, but once you start moving, you shift to a different state and continue doing it.

Inertia is a beautiful thing, if you understand , The point is that you just have to shift from one state to another to make things happen, and the amount of time you stay in a particular state defines the outcome of the results.

A typical employee starts his work from Monday morning, but his work really starts from may be in the afternoon, because of the employee being in a different state for the past 2 days, it’s difficult to get a move on. The faster he/she understands that it’s just a start that’s needed, he/she can get back to work faster, indicating that a preparation is needed to start the work immediately, because once you start, you are move in to a different state and Inertia takes care of the rest for you. Observe the same person after friday afternoon, he has already started making plans for the weekend, which indicates that he has moved to a different state faster, than closing work time. Here i believe interest have won over inertia, because, according to inertia , he should have been working with same efficiency till friday evening, but interest/passion made the person to move to a different state sooner and the work cycle continues.

Inertia can also be observed in stage performances, for eg. lets take singing, there are first few moments of nervousness, where singing first few lines can be hard, but once you do that, it’s as if you have been singing all along. It’s the transition that’s hard, and the sooner we get on and be ready, the easier it will be. The same point applies to a sportsman, getting a first feel, like winning a point in badminton or kicking the football first time in the match are always nervous/hard and requires extra attention and mental stability.

Coming back to laziness, there is another attribute to inertia, it’s the time you stay in the state. There is nothing wrong in taking rest, but if the rest continues to be for longer intervals, that’s when people tag you as lazy. It’s also important to understand how long to stay in the single state, you don’t want to work for longer hours or take rest for longer hours. The time is also defined by the priority lists in your life and if there any  deadlines to accomplish tasks. Lets take a running race, if it’s a 100 m race, there is only 1 state , it’s to accelerate and keep on doing it until the goal is reached. In a marathon, there are different states, a perfect planning is required to move from one speed of running to another. Generally runners run slow at first, and depending on the distance from the goal, the runner increases the speed, it’s undeniably important to understand how long to stay in a particular speed. In the running race the time depends on the physical fitness of the runner and the distance of the race.

If you like something, you tend to do the same until you get bored, you can’t keep listening to the same song all day, or keep doing the same job for the life time, it is different from person to person and it’s up to the person to decide how long he/she wants to stay in a particular state. But, it’s important to understand that we shouldn’t stay in the same state for too long, trying new things is always exciting and gives a fresh start if required.

So, be ready to change your state and know exactly how long to stay in a particular state. Life becomes easier if you realise this simple thing. I end this with a simple well known proverb that sums up inertia in a single sentence.

 

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

The Busy Knight

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It is a pleasant night, and I am a busy Knight

The river is flowing, and the moon is glowing

The wind is helping, and the trees are dancing

but still, I am a busy knight.

I live in a tower, which is beside a river

No one is near me, but there is one to hear me

I am looking at the moon, hoping to meet you soon

but still, I am a busy knight.

I can only think of you, but I can not reach you

I am at a war, so it is safe to be far

My duties are such, but I love you so much

but still, I am a busy knight.

you may not be here, but I always feel you near

I want to speak to you, but I am talking to the winds

I hope the winds can tell you, how lonely I am without you

but still, I am a busy knight.

The stars in the sky are countless, but the times we spent together are priceless

I still come to the place, where I first saw your face

I wish the moon to be a mirror, so that i can see your from here

but still, I am a busy knight.

The sun is rising, and the birds are singing

The air is becoming lighter, but my heart is getting heavier

I promise that I will come to Rome, to marry and take you to our lovely home

but still, I am a busy knight.

The above lines were an experiment 4 years back, just put up on the internet to share it to the world.

The Insatiable

The real satisfaction lies in becoming better each day only compared to your self.

Each individual is filled with so much information now-a-days ,he often forgets how did the previous day pass by. It is not as if they are doing something interesting each day, they go through the same boring routine , caught up in the midst of the expectations of the people around and the self interest in becoming the limelight of the society. I wonder if an average man in the world would ask the following question to himself , “are you satisfied by the way you lived today?”. I expect the chances to be bleak and even close to zero, and i expect the answer to be ‘no’ from all those unique people who tried to introspect them. So, the first question that might pop up in to your mind probably would be, should i even be asking such type of question to myself?, well ,then try asking this to yourself , “what do I live for?” , may be this might solve the problem for you.

So, what keeps you away from asking this question, the answer is simple, you just think about pleasing others. Looks like the life of an average individual goes through an ordeal to achieve some mere goals. I know we humans , by far the superior race in the world can achieve anything if focused, so why not focus on yourself, which will give you ultimate happiness. Don’t misunderstand me as if i am asking you to be selfish. Yes, be selfish to the extent that it hurts none, care about yourself rather than focusing all the god given energies on others. If its the social service that helps you being what you are, then be selfish and go help the poor or go help some one in need. If its the intellectual property that you cherish rather than the physical materials then be selfish and feed your eternal thirst by reading some awesome books.

I am just perplexed by the society the way it is now, with the exception to a few people, it has already drawn the life itinerary from the time they hear you have started breathing. It starts with your parents, they feed you with this constant input of the goals you need to achieve in order full fill your needs or may be your family needs. Thank god, at least my parents released me from their clutches once i joined my grad school. Its the phase after the parents that gets trickier , till now you were being controlled by 2 people, but now comes the stage where you are controlled by countless. You have to meet the expectations of a million eyes around you and did you ever act that you didn’t care what these eyes are craving for, you were right at that moment. Because these eyes are not going to pierce you , they can not do anything more than just peeping. so being busy for someone else cause? , i think there should be other purpose in your life which i have been talking about.

This may be a bit philosophical but you can’t deny that it is the truth. Recall some important moments in your life, ok then, now remember how many of them were the times when you were actually you. So this might help you in understanding ,how important it is to be you. Did you ever wonder why you did not have any regrets during your childhood? , because you were stubborn, questioning and more dominantly you were being you. What happened to this child inside you, when did you start becoming timid, easy going and submissive? Its at this place where you have lost yourself. After few years you regret for the actions you made, which could be easily avoided by being selfish.

ok, lets start some damage control by introspecting our daily life , make a note of all the activities that you do in the day, and also note those things that you would refrain from doing it if given a chance. There, were you left with any activity to do this day?

You are lucky if your day is still full and you can proudly say that you are the happiest man on the earth, no one can deny that.

If you have nothing left or a lot of time left in the day, you have been living a boring life so far, as far as you are concerned. So now fill the empty time with the activities that really excite you and may be worth doing. May be start with the first activity that pops up in to your mind, trust me this one will give you happiness.

ok, for those who can’t do what they please, at least spend some time in a day doing something that pleases you, you will gradually change.

People call it “Passion”, that is the word that has been missing in the current world. It’s the only thing that can make your day worth living. Don’t think of money or other things which in my opinion are necessary to continue your journey in this world, but they are secondary to your passions. You will find a way to live happy if you only think about yourself and what you care about.

ok, now, how many of you know exactly how you are going to be after 10 years? , and why can’t you predict your own life?, because its being driven by the other people, if you were to believe in yourself and din’t care about others, then you would be the same guy as you are now , even after 10 years, give it a thought, i may be right. You would be happy today, tomorrow ,  every day for your whole life, all you have to do is follow your heart. And one must be warned to clearly differentiate between obsession and passion. If you can’t inhibit your thoughts, you are probably obsessed with something. But passion is something that can wait. So ask your self if you are obsessed or motivated.

So if you can be happy each day, by happy i mean you loved the each activity in the day, that would make the world happier. So,

“Be selfish and Pursue your passion”