Letter No 77 - Make some moves

After a long stretch of sitting in one place, glaring at the screen, working on a task that has practically glued you in one place; when you finally slide off your chair and move around, your body feels a change. And you realise all the aches and pains are going to stay for a while till you move more and make it better.

Almost all of us have felt this, the ones who haven’t- you’re doing life the right way!

Every living being needs to move, maybe plants cannot move as much, but their roots do, maybe wild animals cannot on the city roads but they do in their own undisturbed spaces, as humans we too are genetically tuned to move. Let’s not forget that :-)

I’m sure you are aware of the term Nomads.

Traditionally nomads were known as a group of communities who travel from place to place for their livelihood. Some were salt traders, fortune-tellers, conjurers, ayurvedic healers, jugglers, acrobats, actors, story tellers, snake charmers, animal doctors, tattooists, grindstone makers, or basketmakers. It is estimated that nomads make up around 7% of the population of India.

Digital nomads was coined as a new theme in early 1990’s as people who travel freely while working remotely using technology and the internet. Working remotely in temporary housing, hotels, cafes, public libraries, co-working spaces, or recreational vehicles, using Wi-Fi, smartphones or mobile hotspots to access the Internet. The majority of digital nomads have been programmers, content creators, designers, or developers. While some nomads travel through multiple countries, others remain in one area, and some may choose to travel while living in a vehicle.

Do you see a common pattern in the occupation of people who are considered as nomads? They are all brewing creativity.

But if you’ve read my newsletter you know by now that I’m not a fan of labels or definitions. Once you label yourself as "I’m this" "I only do this" "I am this" you let it stick on you, tomorrow when you want to remove the label, it’s sticky, it’s stubborn and it adds to garbage waste.

Shun the labels, live through sticky notes (they all eventually fall off)

Anyway, back to moving. In a nutshell, I’m not telling you to become a nomad to spark off your creativity or that you need to have a creative profession to be able to live life on the move. But to understand the significance of moving and to not feel bound by a definition of moving.

It’s scientifically proven and we can feel in ourselves too, that something changes in our mind, in our body, in our life when we move. Whether it’s a move from a city to another, or from a job to another, or from a space of responsibility or another or taking mindful moves from your screen to sit in the balcony for an undisturbed time - you’ve gotta move.

The issue is it’s always either/or between constant and moving.
Why one has to be chosen over the other?

Do you remember as a child when you travelled in a car or a train, you could spot the moon, and as you moved from one lane to the other, from one city to the other, the moon moved with you.

So many poems are written on how the moon remains constant when nothing in our life does.

The truth is the moon orbits the Earth once every 27.322 days. It also takes approximately 27 days for the moon to rotate once on its axis. As a result, the moon does not seem to be spinning but appears to observers from Earth to be keeping almost perfectly still. Scientists call this synchronous rotation.

Just as the Earth exerts friction on the spin of the moon, the moon also exerts friction on the rotation of the Earth. As such, the length of day increases a few milliseconds every century.

"At the time of the dinosaurs, Earth completed one rotation in about 23 hours," Daniel MacMillan, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement. "In the year 1820, a rotation took exactly 24 hours, or 86,400 standard seconds. Since 1820, the mean solar day has increased by about 2.5 milliseconds."

On June 30, 2012, an extra secondwas added to all of the clocks on Earth because of this phenomenon.

These are called leap seconds. We add leap seconds from time to time to ensure our clocks reflect the Earth's rotation speed as accurately as possible. The speed at which our planet rotates around its axis fluctuates daily, and it slows down very slightly over time.

By adding an extra second to the time count, we effectively stop our clocks for that second to give Earth the opportunity to catch up.

Adding a leap second creates a minute with 61 seconds—and a day with 86,401 seconds instead of the usual 86,400.

Not only do days become longer, but the rate at which day lengths increase also grows over time—but only by about two-thousandths of a second per century, according to Dr. Bruce Warrington, from Australia’s National Measurement Institute (NMI).

At the moment, days are 0.002 seconds longer than the sum of 86,400 seconds measured by atomic clocks; in 100 years, each day is predicted to be 0.004 seconds longer on average.

Sorry for the geeky information but isn’t it do fascinating? Imagine even the universe is conspiring in adding another second to our lives, another day to our lives (eventually), giving us a little more time - for what? To be just the way we are? To do just what we’ve been doing?

If literally every thing in this universe moves, what’s stopping us to?

Move while you appear constant. :-)

As a business coach to businesses and as a mentor to my young mentees, my job is to only ask good questions. So here are couple questions for you to ponder over the weekend:
1. When was the last time you made a move? A move in your life.
2. What are some small moves you want to make in your life?

Sharing the same for myself:
I recently made a move, with a decision. The decision to put into action a dream I’ve had after coaching 1000s of youth over the decade, to start an undergraduate college - a business college with no textbooks, no lectures only practical experience and coaching immersion to empower the youth with self awareness and make them ready for not just work but also life. I’m going to continue moving as I consciously spend more time connecting with educators, coaches, investors and hunting for more talented people to join in our mission and launch the degree program this year

A small move I’ll make is that I’ll work out 20minutes 5 days a week.

I’d be pleased to know your answers to the above questions too! Feel free to share moves as small or as big as you want!

Keep moving, keep going,
Through the trials and the woes.
Don't let the obstacles slow you down,
Or make you want to close.

For every step you take,
Is one closer to your dreams.
And every time you fall,
You learn to pick yourself up, it seems.

So don't give up, my dear,
For the journey's worth the fight.
For when you reach the end,
You'll see the world in a new light.

With every step you take,
You'll find new strength within.
And soon enough, you'll see,
You've been moving all along.

Keep moving, keep going,
For the path ahead is bright.
And with each new step you take,
You'll find that everything is alright.