GROW OR WITHER

GROW OR WITHER

Consider the particular mechanics of getting out of your easy chair.

First, you think about getting up, make the decision to do so, lean forward with your upper torso bending at the waist, while pulling your arms back to place them on each arm of the chair with your hands open for better support, at which time you pull your feet in from their previously forward extended state and plant them closer to your “getting-up” center of gravity as you hoist your body up and on top of your legs as they are straightening back out and upward while also pushing your arms straight.

Your head initially leaned forward into the getting-up position, rocks itself backs as it steadies its arrival several feet above and forward of where it was when you were sitting blissfully in your easy chair, mindlessly unaware of the decay and damage you were doing to yourself in the long run by being sedentary.

If you are not looking to grow, you wither on the vine (or in the easy chair).

“Entropy” is one of the few biological terms I still recall from my undergraduate studies. It captivated me. Its ability to incorporate most conditions and states in nature. I memorized the word on the spot, due to its power and magnitude. Insightful it is, and frightfully, condemning.

Entropy is the tendency towards disorder

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Entropy is a term that involves everything. It is your clothes, your hair, your teeth, your armpits, the dog, the lawn, your house, businesses, governments, nations, the White House, the President, be it the Donald, or the First Lady. It is a law of nature.

Once something is brought to equilibrium in its purest state, it requires hard work and maintenance to keep it from deteriorating, breaking down, or simply, falling apart.

Now, consider the beautiful landscaping in a grand yard or surrounding a fine corporate building. The sod was removed, the earth enhanced with peat. Young plants were tenderly planted in an eye-catching arrangement based on how they will grow over the years and matched up in a variety of colors and patterns, then the bare earth between them is covered with mulch to keep the moisture in and weeds to a minimum. Constant maintenance is required to keep it looking good with a plan for water, nourishment, trimming, and replacing dead plants with fresh.

What happens after several years if nothing is done to the garden? Entropy. Weeds, dead foliage, leaves, debris, damage, and volunteer trees find their way into the garden and overwhelm it. Within a few years, no one knows it was there.

Aren’t WE more important than a garden?

To battle entropy is to choose to constantly change for the better; otherwise, you are choosing decline. Life requires maintenance to push that perfect state beyond its natural boundaries, which for many of us is arguably in our early twenties. Too many have not picked up a book since those days or who have never picked up the pace from a walk into something that could be construed as a run.

Our minds need to be expanding, not our waistlines, through open dialogue, communication, classes, friendship, sharing, study, and reading.

Our bodies need physical exertion and work to avoid the inability of its use through lack of activity. Muscles need motion or they will cease to work. They need tension, exercise, to keep them limber, sharp, toned, in an ever-improvement mode.

The only thing that comes to mind that does not go through entropy might be the universe, but that belies in the ability of someone far more educated than I to answer the question…

When was the universe in its most perfect state–or is that time, yet to come?


Originally published at RMA Spears.

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