We follow a trajectory.
From birth, our trajectory is set by our unique circumstances, some vastly different from others, under conditions which we have no control. As tiny babes we are launched into the cruel and loving world like projectiles just that initial impulse that send us on a certain path through life.
Gravity, it warps the fabric of space, objects in space weigh down this fabric and the gravity well is dependent on the mass of the object, the more massive the larger the distortion of the fabric of space. An object traveling through space rides on this fabric, and like marbles that travel on a wavy blanket, the object trajectory can change as it rolls past the dips in the fabric. The warps change the trajectory with no regard to the initial vector, setting the object on a vastly different course, but in all cases the object also impacts some small influence on the large massive bodies, it’s just physics.
As people, we have encounters with people, places, and events, all of which have and affect us, they alter our trajectory like the gravitational pull of large bodies. And just like physics we affect change in the larger massive bodies just by whizzing past. The closer we pass the larger the impact, and the greater the change we can effect on our environment.
Gravity, it works over distance, but as distance increases, the impact lessens.
In life, the impact on our personal life is proportional to closeness to people, places or events. If we are too close, the person, place or event is too heavy, we spiral into the center and are captured, stuck in orbit we can never leave. Sometimes events can pile up to a supermassive level, then they tend to collapse in on themselves and we are sucked in never to escape into the black hole of life, and go nowhere, our journey is at an end.
If we look back over the trajectory of our life we will see those obvious changes, but what we don’t see is the impact we’ve had on others. Our effect on others is gradual, even at our lightest, we still have an imperceptible, sometimes changing others in unimagined ways. We always need to know that all interactions have both impact to us and to the other. And as we gain stature we gain mass and can somehow affect events and people much further away, it is an important lesson.
Recently I was arguing with a very massive friend of mine, who has tremendous influence over me, and I felt like I was not moved by her logic, but after looking back at my own trajectory in my life since I had met her, I saw that her impact had a significant change on my trajectory, and that those conversations in the aggregate had been significant in changing my attitudes and life focus, in effect changing my trajectory. With that thought I felt that I changed her as well in some imperceptible way, or at least I had hoped.
Blessed with the knowledge that we are changed in even tiny ways by each person we meet and can even those we meet, I am joyed at the opportunity to affect change even in the greater world by just being me.
Gravity, it is a wonderful thing.
©The Autobiography of Mr. Perfect, 2016