Rich Wilhelm

Regression, Progression and Infinite Inertia

In Philosophy/Creativity on July 20, 2013 at 3:05 am

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New carpet was recently installed in my section of the office where I work. In preparation for this, I needed to clean up my office, resulting in the neat and sparse cubicle you see in the “infinite regression” photograph above. This is a good thing. Over the course of the last few years, my office had become overgrown and claustrophobic, mostly due to a bunch of boxes containing copies of our magazine. All that stuff is clearly gone now.

While I appreciate my freshly organized cube (as I’m sure my co-workers do as well) I have to admit that I am also disconcerted by it. Not sure why, though one possible reason is my knowledge that there is no other area of my life that is as neat and organized as my workspace.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a fairly happy guy. In many ways I have been very fortunate and I genuinely try to appreciate this good fortune everyday. Best of all is knowing that I live each day with three people I love very much. That means everything to me.

Interesting opportunities have come my way in the last few years, and I have been able to embrace them and I hope to continue to follow where these projects lead.

As all this good stuff is happening though, I am also painfully aware that there are areas in my life in which I have been stuck in a swampy sort of inertia. I’d rather not get into details, at least not here and now, but trust me when I say that, like everybody else, I’ve got things in my life that I need to fix. As I noted above, nothing in my life is quite as clean, sparse and organized as my work cubicle is and this is something that needs to change.

I must break through the inertia. The previous two entries to this blog detailed some thoughts I had that are somewhat related to this inertia busting. Sadly though, my follow through has been less than convincing and this rainy and tortuously hot summer has done little to motivate me. But tonight, as I continue to be grateful for the blessings in my life, I will renew my resolve to bust through the infinite inertia that continues to haunt me.

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