It’s a cinch by the inch…

About 10 minutes ago I was in the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil.

I’d just finished my morning ‘Small Universe‘ practice and given Louis and Sammy their breakfasts.

As I stood and looked out onto the trees at the bottom of the garden I started thinking about the Qigong365 project I started back in 2011, where I wrote a Qigong related meditation every single day for a whole year.

It was pretty easy to start with.

For the first few months I’d write up to 7 posts a day. But towards the end of the year – Sheez – it was hard trying to find subjects to write about.

But thanks to my friends I did it.

I used to harrang them regularly asking for ideas, special shout out to Jay, you rule my good man!

And since 2nd July 2012 I’ve been writing this Qigong Daily email 5 days a week. That’s another 258 Qigong related reflections.

Whilst taking Clarabella her cup of tea in bed – yes I am the worlds greatest husband LOL – I found myself wondering if I’ll ever run out of interesting things to write about Qigong.

That’s when I remembered this saying:

“It’s a cinch by the inch, but a trial by the mile.”

I first came across it way back in 2002, when I was working with school kids on the edge of being permanently excluded from school. My colleagues and I were working with a seriously tough bunch of kids in a failing inner city school.

All of us had to take it one day a time otherwise the work could get overwhelming.

We were always breaking things down into tiny bite-sized chunks.

For us and the kids.

And it’s why I realised this morning I’ll never run out of things to write. Because I simply focus on today. I forget about yesterdays Qigong Daily and I forget about tomorrow’s.

Sure some days are harder to write than others.

Some days the content is better than others.

But I know with certainty I can find something to write about Qigong today.

What’s this got to do with you?

Fair question.

The message I’d like to share with you is this:

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by something in your life:

  • An illness
  • Trouble at work
  • Fear of the future
  • Learning a new skill
  • The death or illness of a loved one
  • The break up of a relationship
  • Financial difficulties

Whatever it might be.

Just keep your focus on today.

I know that whatever battles you may face you can manage them – one day at a time.

And if that’s too much, simply break the day down even further.

If necessary, take a deep breath in through your nose, pause and then exhale gently and fully through your mouth and focus on this very moment. Because whatever else may be happening ‘big picture’ in your life, you’re alright in this moment.

Break the day, the task, the challenge, whatever it may be down as much as you need to.

Even if you’re only taking a half step forward, if you keep doing it you will eventually make progress.

Confucius say:

“It does not matter how slowly you go…
So long as you do not stop.”

I know you can do it.

If you are going through tough times right now, this book will help:

http://smilingfromtheheart.com

I’ll see you again, same time tomorrow.

With love.

Marcus

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