“Inch by inch, life’s a cinch. Yard by yard, life’s hard.”
― John Bytheway
That’s a great wisdom, indeed. A cinch means an easy task, something natural such as a child’s play.
Taking small steps
When we focus on life as a whole, we can’t master it. When we focus on a big problem head on, we are overpowered to face it. When we focus on an important life decision, we get stuck.
Analysis becomes paralysis.
Yet … when we approach problems and decisions by taking small steps, the solutions are being slowly created. Or revealed.
A pomegranate has a hard exterior and an interesting inner side. The dark red seeds are fully hidden inside. They are embraced by a yellowish, rough skin. The seeds live in small compartments, as if in their tiny “rooms”. It is a beautiful organization.
The seeds are sweet and juicy, but the skin is very bitter. If you happen to take a bite of a pomegranate, you will get shocked ;). The bitterness of the skin dominates the taste. The roughness makes it impossible to chew. It is a totally unpleasant experience, to say at least.
On the other hand, if you choose to eat pomegranate one seed at a time, you will experience joy. Not only will you cherish the process of removing seeds from the rooms one by one, but you will be rewarded with delicacy and sweetness. Eating pomegranate this way is a calming and meditative act.
Pomegranates make a great metaphor for your life.
First, everything (substantial in life) is a process.
You don’t wake up with a new skill fully born in you. Even if the foundation is there, it takes you months or years to master it.
You don’t recover from a loss overnight. It becomes a healing process in which you live your life day by day until you renew your Inner Self and overcome the sadness.
You don’t educate your children in one go. It becomes a journey of growth, in which you are challenged to walk your talk.
Secondly, when you focus on small steps in the now, you move forward with breeze.
If you face a huge problem now, don’t attempt to solve it in its complexity. Concentrate on the solution of today’s part. That’s it. And, you are further on towards the solution of the whole problem.
If you consider all your problems, then life may seem too difficult to handle. If you have a dissatisfying job, insufficient money, personal problems, unhappy relations, kids to grow, serious health issues, chores, duties and responsibilities, life can become unbearable, indeed.
You don’t have to deal with all the problems of life, do you?
If only can you deal with the problems of this day. If only can you withstand the pain of this moment. If only can you take this hard decision now, to move forward. If only can you focus on your tasks today.
Your Inner Power is there, inside. It has always been there. Ready to serve.
If only can you give. Attention. Listening Ear. Love.
Things will move forward.
Inch by inch
As for a pomegranate, cherish the seeds of life, one at a time. Neglect the rough skin of negative thoughts, nay-sayers or circumstances. Just appreciate the seeds of the moment. For beauty. For sharpness. For pain. And for being alive.
Take them by an inch. Soon, your pomegranate is happily digested 🙂
Live by an inch, make life a cinch!