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On moving along

March 4, 2016

 



Isaac Newton's third law of motion states: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

 

The theory parallels the events following my husband's death, as the person I used to be died along with him and my innate reaction was to live. 

 

It explains the insufficient amount of tears shed (not to be confused with no tears; there were plenty), my desire to find love again ASAP, and refusal to put up with any person, place or thing standing in the way of that living.

 

This brings me to Newton's first law of motion: every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.

 

People often remind me I've been through a lot. They tell me I'm strong. I'm very brave.

(True. | I'd like to think so. | I try to be.)

 

Mostly, however, I'm just pulling a Newton—a regular gal in a state of motion, doing my part to stay in that motion. 

 

It's not always a forward-moving, "moving on" type of movement. More like moving along

 

 

 

Thank God for Gravity

 

 

With a deep breath

I take in reality

of your absence

and with my leftover presence

I stand,

breathing still.

 

No stronger is the wind

than a newborn child;

their breath is the same.

So with our birthright,

wind’s and mine,

I reason a smile.

 

Your feet are grounded

in the soil,

though our roots stay intertwined.

With every step I leave you,

but gravity brings me back

each time.

 

Thank God for Gravity

 

 

With a deep breath

I take in reality

of your absence

and with my leftover presence

I stand,

breathing still.

 

No stronger is the wind

than a newborn child;

their breath is the same.

So with our birthright,

wind’s and mine,

I reason a smile.

 

Your feet are grounded

in the soil,

though our roots stay intertwined.

With every step I leave you,

but gravity brings me back

each time.

 

 

 

Strange things happen when strange things happen.  

 

However, once you start to get to the core of what's actually happening, you begin to notice that it's not so strange after all. Really it's just human nature—day-in and day-out—which, can simply, though maybe not easily, be explained through a bunch of theories. (Thanks, Newt!) 

 

Unfortunately life moves us along so quickly at times, we miss this idea. We jump to conclusions. A lot. Plus, we pretty much judge everything and everyone. Theories probably walk around us every day, begging to be noticed, but we're always busy!

 

Try to keep your momentum going, even when you're not exactly sure where it is you're going or why you're going there. When your house turns on you, throwing bricks, keep moving. Soon you'll be far enough away from the commotion, you'll almost forget how heavy those bricks once were. A house has only so many bricks, anyway. If you ever find yourself back at the original foundation, the collapse will already be over. 

 

Your mind may try to convince you to suddenly react (ALERT! YOUR LIFE IS TURNING UPSIDE-DOWN! YOU ARE ENTERING A LAND OF VERTIGO, UNABLE TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN FRIENDLY STATES OF UP, DOWN, TOP, BOTTOM, LEFT AND RIGHT!) Ignore the nonsense. Every other organ, vessel, vein and bone in your body will make a point of siding with momentum. Do not allow your own mind to be the external force disturbing your blissful state of motion!  

 

By nature, momentum equals life. Of course, life has varying degrees. If you find yourself going too fast, slow down. Hold on. Take it easy. Take a break. Take a deep breath. Take a nap. Take a picture. Take a sip. Take a walk. Take a friend by the hand. Take turns. Take pleasure. 

 

All beat the alternative of stopping altogether.

 

René Romero Schuler has been said to be one of the "most well-collected contemporary artists to emerge out of the Midwest in the last 10 years". Schuler creates powerful images of strength and vulnerability through paintings (such as Trust, shown above), paper and sculpture—tackling emotions that speak to the heart of human condition—and are capturing attention worldwide. 

 

For more, visit her official website: http://www.reneschuler.com

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