Inertia is the the property of matter by which it retains its state of rest or its velocity along a straight line so long as it is not acted upon by an external force. This is a very interesting definition when we look at it in terms of its use by any number of working people who are stuck in the inertia of their listless and largely worthless jobs. To explain our lack of motivation, drive and movement by way of “inertia” might suggest that we are inert because we are waiting for an “external force” to re-nert us.
Is this (the fact of our expectation) true? And more importantly, is it (our expectation) right?
In many ways I am quick, and in (just as) many ways I am slow. For instance, I need a good amount of repeated instruction before I can pick up a dance sequence, and even then I will probably bungle it up by the third or fourth repetition. If I am making up my own dance moves, however, I think I am pretty spry. So, one might say I am better at production that reproduction.
When it comes to coming up with projects in my work environment, however, I am at a loss. I have come up with ideas, but they don’t get support. Does this mean I am not someone with initiative? I hope not. That would tarnish my reputation. Sometimes figuring out how to do something new feels like figuring out how to grow a third arm. Impossible, but perhaps with precedent, I could figure it out.
Which brings us back to inertia. Is it up to any of us to pick ourselves out of a rut, or do we sometimes need something more? A useless question for the ages. This blog post is clearly not helping with the problem of lack of motivation at work.