November 17, 2014 at 11:35 AM 2 comments

INCHWORM - inching toward bump in branch

I think I can…I think I can…I think I can…

INCHWORM |ˈinCHˌwərm| noun
a caterpillar of a geometrid moth, which moves forward by arching and straightening its body.

Anyone who’s tackled a long-term project – household repair, creative project, or even just balancing your checkbook – soon discovers that a seemingly “doable” task can turn unmanageable pretty quickly.

Like when:

  • A 6-month remodeling project drags into endless months of “pardon our dust”
  • Writing a short e-book turns into a thousand-page extravaganza
  • Balancing your checkbook even once feels like climbing Mt. Everest

That’s when we need the power of INCHING

INCHING helps us break down the work into manageable bite-sized steps, so the whole project doesn’t overwhelm us to the point that of quitting.

It’s interesting how the inchworm propels himself forward…

He alternately arches and straightens his body by expanding and contracting his muscles.  He’s not always straining forward, and he’s not always at rest. The inchworm’s amazing progress comes from a herky-jerky combo of both motions (expand-contract, expand-contract, expand-contract) til before long he finds himself INCHING forward in apparently seamless fashion.

Not only that, an inchworm never ever takes a step that’s more than, you guessed it, an INCH long:

  • He’s not remodeling the whole house in a dayhe’s picking out the paint for the guest bedroom.
  • He’s not writing War and Peace in a weekhe’s putting the final touches on Chapter 7.
  • He’s not balancing his checkbook for life…he’s recording his latest purchase and subtracting it from the total. 

 In the picture above, the inchworm appears to be working his way toward the next knothole. I’m sure he’s got a bigger goal in mind – say, eating the leaves at the end of the branch – but for now, that knothole is the object of his focus. And inching his way toward it will eventually lead to a leafy breakfast!

I don’t know about you, but I have a growing affection for the inchworm.

He may be tiny and funny to watch…yet his quirky progress brings a smile to my face.

Maybe I can scale this mountain after all.


And soon like The Little Engine That Could, I find myself repeating…

“I think I can…I think I can…I think I can…”



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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paul Aldrich  |  November 18, 2014 at 5:17 AM

    Good post babe

    Sent from my iPhone



    • 2. Kimosphere  |  November 18, 2014 at 7:35 AM

      Thanks :))



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