Motion vs Movement

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“To do two things at once is to do neither.”

–     Publilius Syrus (85 – 43 BC), Latin writer

Motion is like a feather duster.  It stirs stuff up and makes us feel like we’re getting something done.

Movement is like a vacuum cleaner, for the sake of the analogy.  It picks stuff up and gets rid of it.  It moves us closer to the goal.

In an era that romanticizes multi-tasking, it’s important to remember that multi-tasking is also largely an impossible undertaking.  The more we try to do at the same time, the less we get done.  Publilius said it better than I a long, long time ago.

A less-cultured source, Larry the Cable Guy, would just say, “Git’r done!”

Motion does not equal movement.  And movement is ultimately what we’re likely to be judged upon.


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