The distance between intention and action is not a constant.
It ebbs and flows.
It’s an inverse relationship.
At your lowest point, when you most need action, to move, to get going, to meet the needs of others, to do the work, they appear further apart. It’s more of a reach.
When you are firing, in the flow, action is easy and a step away. Its a groove. It becomes unconscious.
On some days the mind is lazy and the body needs to lead.
If its in good shape, it gets antsy and sends the brain a message, ‘hey, I need to train, to move, let’s get outside and do something, let’s get going.’ The mind is reluctant. It plays tricks.
Eventually, after some physical activity, your mind wakes up and says, ‘you know, that was all right. I feel good now. I’m ready for it.’
At other times, the body is lazy and slovenly.
Maybe it’s a little sore and your bones are aching. Maybe you’ve been sick or struggling after a few days of a less than optimal diet.
That’s when the mind says, ‘okay, we need to push through this and make up for those doughnuts and creme brûlée. It may hurt a little at first but we can do it. You’ll feel better afterwards. Once we get the blood flowing through those joints.’
At the end of it, your body is pleasantly surprised. It’s warm and activated. It joins back up with your mind, like a plug in a socket.
You see it’s actually a beautiful day outside. You find meaning. The skeletal white cirrus as they pass high in an impossibly blue sky. The wattlebirds, haggling and skipping, tree to tree, for honey and insects.
Everything seems to have its place in the world.
The day begins, you start in on those simple tasks.
You see they are the glue that binds us and makes the shape of a life.