I did my two qi gong forms this morning, and then the tai chi form. At this point in my cycle through the year, I start to get antsy. I’m around 150 days out from the end of the year, and that’s enough to do sort of a reverse-countdown. But it’s also too much time to do a count easily down. It’s not like it’s under a hundred days; it’s still a lot of time.
I am not all that far from another major milestone, though. I did 366 days in year one, and 366 days in year two plus 5 additional days when I lost track. And now 229 days. I’m 34 days out from 1000 days of tai chi. That’s kind of a big deal. It will happen in early December.
Gordon’s most recent column points out that Halloween isn’t so much a day as a seasonality, and a seasonality is rarely about cosmic reality. The Wheel of the Year, with its Eight Greats, isn’t so much a cosmic truth as a model of reality, a way to show the dance of the universe to people who may or may not have thought about Big Questions before. It’s a way of dividing time up into discrete chunks, too.
With daily tai chi, it all seems to run together after a while. One day is much like the next. And so this milestone is going to be quite useful. It’s helping me acknowledge that the dance has starting and stopping points, and that it really doesn’t all run together.