Nov
25

“Forward Movement – A Natural Part of Life,” by Nev Sagiba

Error is a natural part of life. It is designed to be the starting point of the learning curve. Mistakes are lessons and, as there is nothing that cannot be improved and refined further, the best way to enable forward movement is to acknowledge and let go.

In this way the lessons of the past became stepping-stones and enable adaptive transformation that leads to improved modes of operation and refined function.

Paring away clutter enables the lightness of forward movement. All correction does. Be it writing edition, improving the next new model car, correcting character traits or training.

Clinging and expending effort to justify error, or trying to deny it, forms the calcification that eventually becomes unyielding criminality and ultimately forms self-defeating and self-sabotaging habits. Or scrappy text, uncomfortably unsafe cars, bad character and poor technique.

The logic of failure resides in excuse-making or trying to somehow justify an obvious mistake. The power of possibility is in transcending limitation by building on correction of error. To correct an error, you first need to see, admit, acknowledge and allow yourself to notice the results that emerge from that error. Consequences hold you accountable, if even never caught by man’s law, the laws of the universe continue to close in around us with every breath.

There is no escape from truth. Rather, a good strategy is in making friends with it. To do so, it becomes necessary to suspend calcified thinking and to let go, surrender and accept the possibility of other possibilities and variable potentials.

The courage of letting go is that of the inner warrior.

Fear of making mistakes leads to a sterile paralysis that is worse than that of occasionally falling. Simply giving it your best shots and continuing to try and improve, kick starts the process of learning as you go.

In all things, be it editing writing, or reevaluating character traits, mistakes of the past, or difficult circumstances, you need to have the courage to die to error and let your whole self be reborn and renewed to clarity.

The only field of action is in the present. The past is gone, and whilst cannot be changed, can be learned from, in order to be freed from repeating the same mistakes over and over. The future relies for modification on what you do learn from the past. And what you do in the present and the consequences of that. Otherwise you risk fixating into the very dubious “safety” of repeating error over and over.

Perfection is not a point of arrival where you can then go back to sleep. Rather it is the refinement of navigation during the journey. And possibly can never be any more than that.

Impulsion comes from the centre. Every part of life is like that. The best and safest place to be on a wave is the cutting edge. Left behind you become subject to rips and eddies, dumped under it, you risk being crushed and drowning, until, or if, it releases you.

We are designed to learn to surf the cosmos, but first we need to learn to navigate nature, simple as it is here on earth, reflecting the universe.

To do so, we have to accept ourselves as we are at this point in time and then take a risk moving forward. Yes, we may make mistakes. Yes, we might fall off. Yes, anything, but since nothing in the universe or nature ever stands still, neither can we without being left behind.

We take a chance. Will we make mistakes? Yes we will. Will we fall off? Often, at the beginning. Anything else? A whole raft of possibilities. But we are moving forward. In noticing mistakes we learn. In getting back on, we become stronger; and in thereby fearing the risk less, we learn that love rules the universe.

The only way to make the journey pleasant and lessen the pain of the friction that comes from stagnant staticity, is to embark on the journey looking forward towards the greatest ideal we can imagine at the time.

And then plod on quietly in manageable installments daily doing the best we know how.

FOOTNOTE
I don’t subscribe to religiosity, but the ancients who lived and wrote already knew all this, hence their sound common-sense writings getting plagiarized and finding their way into the various scriptures of the various religions.

< Luke 9:62 >> Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service …”

<< Genesis 19:26 >>… Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

<< Philippians 3:14 >> I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling …”

<> “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over (without any variables or learning from past mistakes) and expecting different results.”

Nev Sagiba
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