“If You Rest, You Rust.”
“If you rest, you rust” is a famous quote by Helen Hayes.
Hayes, also known as the ‘first lady of American theatre’, was an American actress whose career spanned over 80 years.
She was also of the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony award.
So if you’re looking for life advice, she’s probably not a bad place to start.
The Dangers of Stagnation
It’s easy to stop pushing ourselves. To move with the status quo. To accept our position.
But too often, acceptance leads to a lack of progression, which in turn leads to stagnation.
Stagnation is easy, but it’s also boring, and ultimately unfulfilling.
It can even lead to feelings of depression.
Often, in an attempt to distract ourselves from stagnation and stave off this lack of fulfillment, we fill our time with pleasure and meaningless entertainment.
I’ve stagnated many times in life — and I’ll stagnate many times more in the future. Sometimes it feels like the only option we have — but we must be careful not to make it a habit.
The longer we stagnate, the worse it gets.
When we stagnate for long enough, it can feel almost impossible to get up and start moving again.
It doesn’t matter where you go — as long as you keep moving.
It doesn’t matter how bad your idea is, as long as you choose an idea and execute on it.
It doesn’t matter how unpolished your writing is, as long as you write something and publish it.
It doesn’t matter how small your steps are, as long as you continue to put one foot in front of the other.
In an ideal world, we’d always be moving forward.
But unfortunately, life isn’t always ideal, and sometimes we even need to take a few steps backwards before we can continue forward.
Other times, the only way we can keep moving is to slow down.
But whether we’re sprinting, jogging, walking or even crawling, it’s okay.
The only thing that matters is that we’re still moving.
“Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.” — Leonardo da Vinci.
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