I’m not quite ready yet. I need to check a few things first. Prepare some more. Consider some things. Sometimes, we postpone starting something because the decision has not quite landed. But sometimes, we do know what we want. What we long for. What we’d like to experince.
When this is the case for you, do you get going? Do you start moving towards that which you want to create, see, experience, express or live in? “Well, not always”, you might say. And of course, no, not always. We don’t always know how we can get there, despite having a sense of where “there” is — sort of. And when this happens, it often happens that we stay put and keep unproductively thinking about how and what and who and when.
Activate your inner GPS
Now and then this makes me think of how the gps systems in our cars — maps, waze or whichever we use — illustrate this problem. I can state my intended destination, and the navigator knows where I am. Therefore, it can show me what the path is from here to there, and it can tell me approximately how long the journey will take. But as long as I don’t start moving, it cannot tell me what the next step is. It doesn’t know which the car is facing; what constitutes “straight ahead”, “left” or “right” for me, right now.
Movement unlocks the flow
But as soon as I start moving it knows, and then it can explain to me how to continue: ”Ok, now just keep moving straight ahead, and in 400 metres, make a right.” But as long as I stand still, biting my nails in insecurity over which way to go, it does not know whether this would, in fact, be the right direction to give me, or whether it should actually start by instructing me to make a U-turn.
It does not really matter from where I expect my directions to come: from car navigation systems, from others, from God or from the world. As long as I just stand there, nothing much happens, since it’s not clear which perspective the directions need to have to make sense to me. So the most important thing is to start moving — which direction I choose does not really matter. As soon as I do, it’s easier both for me and my guide to relate to the expected route.
Are you stuck? Try starting to move, even though you might not have the whole path mapped out yet. It will get clearer as you go along ❤️️