“The key to a long and healthy life is a combination of movement and stillness, cultivating life by guiding the qi, the vital energy of the body, and moving the hands and feet through practicing kung fu.”
-Grandmaster Lu Zijian
Where can you extend your horizons? Let’s look at some areas of life and how extending your horizon may apply to your goals. In health, maybe you want to lose or gain weight. In personal development, maybe you want to learn a new skill to move your career into a different direction. Many people have a sudden awareness that their free-time is virtually non-existent or that it has a way of disappearing and being taken by forces outside of their control. In the area of personal finance, paying off debt that took years to accumulate may take years to eliminate. Relationships that are suffering, with a spouse, an estranged family member, or friends with whom we’ve lost touch fell out slowly. Improvement in all of these examples is certainly admirable and worthwhile; but allow yourself time.
There is a saying that if you walk into the wilderness ten miles, you may need to walk out of the wilderness ten miles. The weight you want to lose, the relationship that needs invigorated, or the skill set that has lain dormant will need some time to come back to the place you want.
Be patient with yourself! Be patient with other people. Extend your horizons and focus on the process, not the goals.