Here’s a little quiz. What is the commonality among the following items?
- whipped cream
- a smoothie
The thing all have in common is that they all require agitation.
Agitation is Vital For Change
I washed one of my masks by hand the other day. I used detergent, and swirled it around in the sink, but it didn’t get quite as clean as it does when I put it in the washing machine. That’s because a crucial component of cleaning clothes — the thing that makes washing machines more effective than hand-washing — is the agitation: spinning it around.
To make whipped cream, you need to whisk it for a long time — longer than you think — until you get stiff peaks.
If you want cookies, you can’t just combine ingredients in a bowl. You have to mix them up — agitate them — to create a batter.
To make a smoothie, you have to pulverize and blend the fruits and other ingredients.
If you want to turn any raw ingredients into something delicious and delectable, or if you want to merely detoxify and remove dirt and debris from something, you must whip it up. Shake it. Stir it. Whisk it.
Change entails disruption. There’s no way around it.
We Are Making Whipped Cream
Consider the events of 2020 through this frame. We are the cream molecules, being whipped, whisked, and agitated in service of a transformation.
We are the laundry in the washing machine, being spun around in service of cleaning out the dirt embedded within the fibers of our beings.
We are the cookie batter, being whipped around in the mixer to create tasty snacks.
This is what we’re doing this year. We’re making whipped cream. Doing the laundry. Making a smoothie. Making cookies.
Eventually we’ll end up with something delicious (at least we hope so). But that result comes later.
For now, we’re just spinning in the mixer.
It may not be comfortable, but it’s a necessary step in the process.