No inertia in our growth Spiritward

Our first skiing lessons had been a great success, and every member of the family was enthusiastic about learning and sharing a new sport. Now, two years later, everyone had graduated to steeper slopes and greater challenges. Everyone but me. Discouraged and disappointed, I practiced on the novice slopes but seemed to get worse rather than better.

One morning I stopped to rest near a class of beginning skiers and overheard their instructor reminding them to use the momentum gained on the slope to control their movements. Suddenly I realized that I had been resisting that momentum rather than using it. I had been carefully following standard ski instructions but unconsciously resisting going down the mountain—the very thing I had ridden up the mountain to do! Immediately I made an effort to drop that resistance, and by the very next day I was skiing happily on intermediate slopes.

Night light
December 9, 1985

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