I think there must be something buried deep in the human condition that craves some sort of simple proxy for things very complex and important. I know that physicists crave this because there is an ongoing search for the theory of everything — they’re looking for something so concise that it can be put on a T-shirt. How do I know this? I happened to read a book called the Universe on a T-shirt: The Quest for the Theory of Everything, by Dan Falk. I’lI say it’s a fun read, particularly if you’re not a physicist.
I’ll admit I have no ideal why this came to mind but here we are, and I suppose here we go…
As I thought about this more and more I kept wondering if there was some simple advice that encompassed everything but doesn’t involve very much math (and to be used when someone comes up looking for answers). I mean, isn’t that what we’re all looking for, something that’s smart, snappy and easy to digest when you’re out with friends?
Sure, a smart snappy meme is a simple search away, but since the Internet is still very much the wild, wild west and nothing’s been agreed upon, I should at least get my voice out there. So here goes, this is what I’ve come up with — “Keep moving, just not backwards”. It’s profound, meaningful, simple, helpful, and definitely will fit on a T-shirt (although I will openly admit it’s not so clever or unique). I should also mention that this can be taken literally, although it mostly should be taken figuratively; for no other reason that I believe constant movement in a literal sense is a biological impossibility. Wait.. I’m wrong… sharks are constantly on the move or they will drown… but I digress (although I hope my point is well taken).
At this point I’m not even sure if I’m trying to be serious or just writing with my tongue-in-cheek. Nonetheless, there are some important messages behind my newly minted meme, and I believe they’re worth noting.
When you are moving, by definition there is action, and when there is action, something is getting done.
Although the movement may sometimes be slow, you are still progressing forward.
When you are moving you have momentum and that can take you far, particularly when you are a little tired.
Moving takes you to new places.
Not moving backwards ensures you are progressing.
You are definitely harder to catch when you are moving.
It’s healthier to move — it keeps you loose, agile, and strong.
If you aren’t moving you’re probably not doing anything
All of this is quite literally and figuratively speaking.
I really should consider having T-shirts made... maybe even sell them on the Internet… I’ll make a fortune.