23 June 2012, by A. Cedilla
Newton’s Third Law states that:
“To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction: or the forces of two bodies on each other are always equal and are directed in opposite directions.”
Forgetting that this is only one of a set of physical laws that laid out the foundations for classical mechanics, we generally get this wrong when it comes to people and situations, twisting it around to suit our purpose. “For every action, there is an opposite reaction,” or something close to it.
We interpret it to mean many things:
- We take it to mean karma: You try anything and you fail, you get what you deserve.
Underneath this is a mind-set of fear. That if you break the unspoken rules whatever they are, in your family, in your office or in your relationships, by going after what you want, you deserve whatever bad thing happens next.
Here’s the thing: good things happen. Bad things happen. Everyday things happen every day. The deciding factor is your perspective. Are the possible bad things bigger than your capacity to overcome them? Are the good things going to stay forever?
- We take it to mean avoidance: Nothing’s gonna change. Don’t waste your time.
Underneath is the threat to false safety. This is feeling safe with what you know, which is all that you know. You know how to handle it, you know it turns out, so why rock the boat? But if you only stick to ‘what you know’, you’re missing out on expanding your body of experience. You’re staying small by staying still.
- We take it to mean hardship: The world is a hard place, and to get anywhere you have to be a hard person.
Underneath is self-doubt. What if you don’t measure up? Why the hell confirm what you’re half-afraid would be true anyway? Better not go poking around, who knows what may come out. By doing so, you don’t get to push yourself into finding out what you can do. And you don’t have to be hard, you just have to keep going. Continue reading Know How to Cause Things. Take Action.