Going Through the Motions

We talk about “going through the motions” as if it was a bad thing. We associate the idiom with routine, boredom, and stagnation. Actually, there’s a very good reason to go through the motions: It shows you what the motions are supposed to look and feel like.

You can’t judge someone’s tennis swing if you’ve never held a bat, and you won’t know what you’re looking for in a fully equipped flat if you’ve never furnished one yourself. The motions provide us with skill, knowledge, and appreciation, and chances are we’ll have to repeat them more than once in order to find any one, let alone all three, of those things.

Don’t lament repetition. See it for the training it is, and enjoy new sets of problems once you get to level up.