“Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Today’s question is one I use whenever I feel stuck in a situation and am uncertain of the best path to become unstuck.
In his quote, Leonardo da Vinci mentions inaction and how it saps the mind. I have found that when I am asking myself questions, I am taking action. We can stay busy preparing for life; however, life moves regardless.
When I feel overwhelmed or stuck, I ask myself:
How will today be different?
I am still surprised how the right question can open my mind, like a door letting in the light. When I get caught up in what isn’t working, I sometimes give away my power. When I am taking my time, my most limited resource, and spending it on complaining, blaming, or feeling overwhelmed and anxious; I am closing the door on seeking a solution.
I shift my narrative and open the door to change my direction. We all have burdens; some are visible, and others are not. The difference for me has been in how I choose to see and take action.
For example, I had surgery on my shoulder last year and then broke my wrist at the end of the year. It also happened to be my dominant side in both situations. When you live alone and need to do something, you find a way. The quote “Necessity is the mother of invention” rang so true for me.
If I want to change my life, it all begins with me. When I own my power, I enable myself to find another path.
I am curious if you have asked yourself this question when you feel stuck?