A few days ago, one of my friends asked me a question that I had never confronted myself with.
‘How do you manage to write a blog post every day? What’s the most difficult part about it?’
I thought about it for a while. And I realised, writing a blog post is not the most difficult thing in the exercise. It is writing the first few lines of the blog post that’s most challenging. Once you’re past the first few lines, the blog post fashions itself.
All I have to do is get past the first few lines. Once I am past the inertia, it is a breeze.
The same is also true for physical activities. I remember the toughest phase of my bicycle trip to the mountains to be the first half an hour of the ride.
Once your body is warmed up, you don’t even realise you’re bicycling. The process just happens on its own.
I wonder if the same is true for the more human qualities one wishes to embody.
We all wish to be better human beings.
We desire to be more loving, more accepting, more friendly and allow ourself to have an open heart.
But if we think of starting to embody these qualities all through our existence, the task, however desirable, seems to be far too daunting.
‘How do I have such an open heart full of love all through my life !’ one would wonder.
But there is a way of thinking that makes the task much easier and accessible.
Say you wish to be more compassionate and loving.
Don’t think about being compassionate and loving all through your existence.
Just start to be compassionate and loving in the present moment.
Once you are past the barricades you’ve built around your heart, the task becomes easier and but natural.
Of course, this has to be practiced every single day with solemn awareness.
Just how I choose to begin to write and get past the first few lines every single day.
Before you know you will have a continuum of existence, full of the qualities you always wished to embody.
Open your heart and ask,
What quality do I wish to imbibe.
You will realize your better self with every glorious sunrise.
To your undeniable growth.