I have be practicing retro-walking or backward locomotion lately both to reduce the boredom of conventional walking and for the added health benefits.
What I didn’t expect was the unusual analogy to life.
When walking forward we see where we are going, like our lives, we watch our future unfold before us.
But what I’ve been noticing when walking backward is that along with working some new muscles, I see my life in a different way. I instead of seeing my future appear, I see my past in front of me or would that be behind me? Either way, it was like an analogy of aging.
The buildings and people that passed me, were fading away, getting smaller, more distant. Events that have happened, people that I have met getting smaller as they got further and further away.
It made me think of moments in our life that seem so huge, like graduation or our weeding day – but with each step (or day) they get further and further way and therefore often less significant.
Maybe it’s the same thing with troubles too. They seem so huge and insurmountable at the time, but they too get smaller and smaller when looking at them from that perspective.
Asking how important this issue going to be in 3 months, 5 years, 1 decade from now, will help us put our current ‘big thing’ into perspective and give us it’s just one more way to live Your Life, Unlimited!
Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, and the recipient of the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur Award for Contributions to Community. Stephanie empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at http://www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca.
* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.