For those who are Eddie Murphy fans – here’s what he was referring to in one of his stand up routines.
“A slinky, a slinky, a wonderful, wonderful toy.”
After I did my post on the “Weeble Wobble”, I started thinking about life lessons we could learn from toys that we played with. Perhaps, I’m still thinking about the message behind my post about the art of (Re)Creation – having fun while discovering your purpose.
When trying to find words that best describe what a slinky does, I came across this piece on Answers.com:
The Slinky, like all objects, tends to resist change in its motion. Because of this inertia, if it were placed at the top of the stairs it would stay at rest without moving at all. At this point it has potential or stored energy. But once it is started down the stairs and gravity affects it, the potential energy is converted to the energy of motion or kinetic energy and the Slinky gracefully tumbles coil by coil down the stairs.
If we compare the slinky to our life or career track, you’d find a very valuable lesson.
Even when we get to the TOP of our game, there is STILL more potential, just waiting for us to use it. The slinky, while using that stored energy goes downstairs – gracefully, never skipping a beat.
So, if you EVER have to take a tumble, and it appears that you are moving “downstairs”, do it with grace, KNOWING that when you land, you will have a reserve of energy and potential, just waiting for you to choose your OWN course of direction!
Even though you may be resistant to change, EMBRACE it gracefully, taking just one step at a time!
“They walk downstairs…”