The stone must keep falling

When we commit to doing something, anything, the defining factor which will govern our success is the extent to which we can do the work continuously, regularly. Showing up no matter what.

It is like rolling a stone down from the top of a hill. Once rolled, the stone wants to fall down. Gravity favors the boulder. But there are barriers. Hindrances on the way down. Heavier at first, milder and softer subsequently.

And thus the stone has to be pushed down. Till the time the barriers have gone softer enough that it can roll on its own.

And that is the hard part. That is where effort is required. Daily practice of singing, playing guitar, writing, making music, painting, running, dancing till the vital few barriers are crossed and it all becomes an effortless flow of the hands, feet and the body.

But in order to get to that flow, what is important is the extent to which we can do the work continuously, regularly.

In order to succeed in our endeavor of becoming better and making the work worthwhile, the stone must keep falling. The effort must be made. We must show up. Continuously, regularly, repeatedly.