Fog and what comes out of it.

30 Jun 2009|Leah Hunter

I’ve been thinking alot about the idea of progress, change. I’ve always been a fan of the stretch goal, for myself and my clients. BIG ideas. Overhauls. Starting revolutions and burning things.

I’m in a different place today. Change doesn’t have to happen in leaps. It’s the movement that’s important. The fact that you’re taking a step. Tiny movements or slow ones, like in tai chi, are still movements. Imprecise or clumsy ones count too, maybe even more. When you’re feeling awkward and still take a step, that’s brave. Progress is really…

…just a series of small steps in all the same general direction.

I read something in a book called Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind that stood out to me: “Even though you try very hard, the progress you make is always little by little. It is not like going out in a shower in which you know when you get wet. In a fog, you do not know you are getting wet, but as you keep walking, you get wet little by little. If your mind has ideas of progress, you may say, ‘Oh, this pace is terrible!’ But actually it is not. When you get wet in a fog, it is very difficult to dry yourself.”

I’m a little wet today. And tomorrow is an exciting and scary question mark. But I’m really, really good at walking. How about you?

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