The simplicity of certain things in life often makes us wonder about it for much longer than we actually really should. In the simple, we assume the complex and practically drag ourselves through the situation.
Sometimes, when all life is offering us is the simple, we make it more complex by looking for more and thinking there has to be more to this than the eyes can see, it cannot really be this simple, it cannot be! And then we search and search until we wear ourselves out…so going back to the illustration of the lateral trainer.
I got off work really early and decided to stop by the gym before heading home; I had just discovered this gym round the corner from my house that has the lateral trainer which I had never used before and I was really excited about it.
On my first work-out on, I restricted my resistance to work out level 1 which I realized was a bit stiff but I got comfortable and stuck with it. On my second visit, I wasted absolutely no time going back to work-out level 1 as I had gotten used to this movement & resistance level however, after twenty minutes, I realized that the machine automatically started adjusting itself and moved me up to work-out level 5; hmm I thought, wait a minute! I was just on level 1 which ordinarily should be the easiest level, why take me up to level 5 and make life harder for me? Although I noticed the movement became swifter, and seemed easier, I thought to myself that there had to be something wrong with the machine. Why would level 5 move easier than level 1? It should be the other way around, maybe the connection cord is broken or loose? Something has definitely gone wrong.
I thought about drawing the attention of the gym instructor but I later decided against it; I simply took it back down to level 1 and continued my work out.
Five minutes later, the same thing happened; without thinking much about it, I quickly took it back down to level 1 again, with the movement getting less swift but I still thought to myself – level 1 should be easier than level 5 logically, I feel comfortable with level 1, I don’t know why this machine has developed a mind of its own so I am going to stick to what I know. There has to be something wrong with this machine I thought!
And another 5 minutes into my work-out, the same thing happens again; I find the level going up to 5, but this time while looking at the dashboard trying to diagnose the disease this machine had contacted all of a sudden, making it act irrationally and out of control, I realized that my movements became swifter, my legs went higher and farther, I felt like I was floating, I felt like I was skating or skiing: this feels good I thought and then I look at the dashboard and a light comes up saying – “raise your knees high up and begin to float” – and I had the “Ah moment”, so this is exactly how this piece of equipment is supposed to work.
I had spent about thirty minutes of my time struggling with this machine, over-analyzing the situation and thinking something was wrong, not allowing this piece of equipment to work exactly how it was built to work.
So next time you are tempted to over-analyze a situation, or think of something as more complex than it presents itself – just let it be, that might be all you need to start floating.