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January 16, 2003

Momentum

Last night I was on my way upstairs and I pushed a door closed, when I got to the top of the stairs I looked back down and saw the door just closing. I reflected on what a wonderful thing momentum is. I gave the door a push and the momentum carried the door closed while I attended to something completely different.

It made me pause and reflect on momentum, and how far reaching it's effects are. I bike from time to time and momentum is what makes a bike ride good, put some initial energy into it and then coast along and enjoy the ride. The same is true for almost anything that moves, bowling ball, avalanche, the moon. With some initial energy the object continues on it's course by law of nature, without human intervention. Momentum, it's wonderful.

Then there's social momentum. Put a little energy into planning a community service project and stand back as individuals execute well beyond expectations. Social momentum abounds at a Red Cross blood donation centers after a local or national crisis.

And what about mental momentum? Those incredible hours or days when you get in a groove and each thing builds to the next. Hours fly by and you are accomplishing so much without thought.

The list goes on . . .

Momentum, I'll take a cup of that please.

Posted by mike at January 16, 2003 11:38 PM