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Movement Ecology, Part VIII

Movement Ecology: The A to Z study of human locomotion.

Several weeks ago, in Part I, we identified the four principal aspects of human movement ecology:

  1. The internal motive of the one moving. Why is (or does) one move (or want to move)?

  2. The forms and systems of movement themselves. Basically, what are healthy (and unhealthy) forms of movement, how can one move more healthily (or less unhealthily), and how can one do so more often?

  3. The navigational capacities (or skills) of the one moving. Basically, how can one assess one's current movement capacities, create a plan for improving those capacities, and then implement such a plan?

  4. The external factors affecting or influencing one's movement. Basically, what's aiding or hindering one's movement? Can such aids be enhanced (or more readily capitalized upon), and can such hindrances be reduced or, perhaps, eliminated?

Since then, we've explored the first two aspects, and we've almost finished exploring the third. Repeating a little of what we wrote about last week (concerning the third aspect)...

Once you have a grasp on where you are in relation to where you want to be (in terms of your movement capacities), you can begin to create and implement a system (or plan) for migrating from where you are to where you want to be.

As with any system (or plan) of this sort, you need several things to be successful:

  • To know EXACTLY, in each moment, where you're at in terms of your movement capacities and capabilities. This is something you'll need to assess often (almost continually).

  • To "see" very clearly where you you'd like to be in the future (again, in terms of your movement capacities and capabilities). It's good to have a one month, six month, twelve month, three year, and thirty year vision. Similar to assessing where you're at, you'll need to revisit (almost continuously) where you want to go.

  • The ability to make small "training promises" to yourself and the internal fortitude to deliver on those promises. As with most promise-and-delivery systems, it's best to under promise and over deliver.

  • A small training promise. You'll always need one of these. Note: training promises should always be small (achievable with a modicum of effort and time expenditure).

  • A "reasonable" schedule for delivering on that promise.

So, the question to be asked is this: Have you made a small "training" promise to yourself? The second one is this: Have you started to deliver on that promise?

If your answers are "yes" and "yes," keep working (training) to deliver on that promise. If your answers are "yes" and "no," it's time to starting making good on the small training promise you made to yourself. The best place and time to begin is right here and right now. If your answers are "no" and "no," it's time to make a promise to yourself and then begin immediately to start delivering on it.

That's where we'll leave things for now. Next week, we'll look at stacking promises to be delivered upon those you've already delivered upon. We'll also look at little aspect 4: The external factors affecting or influencing your movement. We'll ask (and seek to answer) the following questions: What's aiding or hindering your movement? Can such aids be enhanced (or more readily capitalized upon), and can such hindrances be reduced or, perhaps, eliminated?

Again, these are the things we'll explore next week. Until then, God's peace...


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A Note to All My Blog and Social Media Friends and Followers:

I've made it a point, over the last decade, to accept friend and follower requests from any who ask. I think I've "defriended" only three or four people in the last ten years and did so only because they posted inappropriate material to one of my walls or timelines. Thankfully, it's been several years since anyone committed such a breech of etiquette.

I write all this to indicate I have many "friends" and "followers," whom I do not know personally (yet!). Lately, I've been getting countless (sometimes more than 200 a day) messages from people I don't know. Please know this: I speak a brief word of blessing over each person who sends me a message, but I can respond directly to only a few each day. If I did not discipline my activities in this way, I could, conceivably, spend my entire day every day responding to such messages.

By disciplining myself to the above social media activity-limitation plan, I in no way want to belittle or disrespect anyone or hurt anyone's feelings. My hope and prayer is that, even if I don’t respond to your message directly, you will know I cherish you and pray you'll experience God's love and grace personally and deeply. Experiencing God is the highest Good anyone could ever experience. May each of you experience such Good through your pursuits of Divine Union with Jesus Christ, the Eternal Living God.

As always, may the Lord bless you and keep you…


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