One of the most integral components of Chinese medicine-and a topic I've beaten to death-is the concept of stagnation. The more I practice this medicine, the more I find myself relating every subject in my life to the idea of stagnation. I have always been somewhat addicted to change and to the goal of moving forward; in fact, I can't remember a time in my life when the overriding thought in my head wasn't "and what is next?" Forward movement, change and flow...I just don't understand how people can be content to stay in one place, never changing their location or shifting their goals as time goes on. I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with this; we all have different needs and desires, and there may well be many out there who despise the idea of never staying still, never having a firm ground beneath their feet. I, however, thrive on this, and I think that everyone should try to change things up once in a while; it's good for the soul. For mine, at least.
Today I'm heading to Connecticut, which is where I was born and raised. Every time I go, I wonder what my life would have been like had I stayed there. I feel sure of one thing: I would not be as happy as I am today if I had. Yes, I would have finished grad school there, but would I be successful and content? I doubt it. Because, when you stay in one place, you get held back by the weight of your past. All of those old expectations birthed through experiences with those who know you best...they become chains. I think that a lot of people subscribe to the belief that what once was, is now, and will always be. That's a powerful influence, for better or worse. Keep believing that things will always stay the same for you, and they will.