The Weight of History & the Law of Inertia

“Do not be sunk by the weight of history and do not let inertia impede your improvement.”


TASK AT HAND: This week I’m thinking about two stumbling blocks that can insidiously creep into our perceptions and influence our strategies.

1. The weight of history. The weight of history is the concept that our personal and collective historical baggage can be so heavy that it limits our progress. This can strain relationships and hinder decision making.

Now, it is imperative that you live with the correct – i.e., true – facts and conclusions from your history. However, it does not mean you must be weighed down by them. History is an ocean of knowledge, but it can also drown you. If you shackle yourself to the portrait of who you were yesterday, you may bind yourself to painting the same picture again today.

“If you shackle yourself to the portrait of who you were yesterday, you may bind yourself to painting the same picture again today.”

I want you to let go of this weight! How? Find an action or outcome from the past that you felt delivered underwhelming results. Look for the root cause; for example, a tendency to rush decisions. Now, find a tentative solution; like being cognizant of the time available for each decision. Then, institute a change as a means of unburdening yourself of a negative historical weight.


2. Law of inertia. This concept is from Newton’s First Law of Motion which reads:

“An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” Newton’s First Law of Motion

I want to surmise this law into a simple statement: “objects tend to do what they do”.

What’s the relevance for us? Where the weight of history limits our progress, the inertia in our lives – the stereotypical rhythms of our actions and strategies – can keep us from findings new directions to grow, learn, and discover.

How do you curate the change to overcome inertia? Newton answers this for us: “unless acted by an unbalanced force”. Find an unbalanced force – spontaneity, travel, a rewarding relationship – and invest time and energy in it to overcome the inertia and resistance blowing against you.


MEDICINE & MACULA: Check out our newest publication, Efficacy of the Intravitreal Sustained-Release Dexamethasone Implant for Diabetic Macular Edema Refractory to Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Therapy: Meta-Analysis and Clinical Implications (Khan, Kuriakose, Khan, Chin & Almeida) published in Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging Retina (February 2017, Volume 48, Issue 2, pages 160-166, DOI: 10.3928/23258160-20170130-10).

In this meta-analysis, we examined a total of 3,859 patients among 15 studies and found that treatment with Ozurdex is associated with significant mean improvement in visual acuity in patients with diabetic macular edema who have a sub-optimal response to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy. This is further support to a multimodality approach to treating diabetic macular edema.

You can find the study here.

GRATIS: “The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.” -Elbert Hubbard


My best to you,

David Almeida

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