Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Inevitability of Resistance

I've been reading this fantastic book by Steven Pressfield titled The War of Art. Here is one of my favorite quotes so far, because it absolutely nails something we all struggle against every single day, but usually don't know how to name:

"Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work. It will perjure, fabricate, falsify; seduce, bully, cajole. Resistance is protean. It will assume any form, if that's what it takes to deceive you. It will reason with you like a lawyer or jam a nine-millimeter in your face like a stickup man. Resistance has no conscience. It will pledge anything to get a deal, then double-cross you as soon as your back is turned. If you take Resistance at its word, you deserve everything you get. Resistance is always lying and always full of [crap]."

There is an aspect of life on this earth that is fundamentally a battle. That sucks. We all know it sucks. But that's the way it is, and it simply is not going to go away despite how fervently we wish it would. The longer you spend your energy railing against the injustice of the battle's presence in your life, the longer you put off actually putting on the flak jacket and getting in the war.

So what is your current relationship with Resistance in your life? How is resistance showing up in your life, and how are you reacting to it?

What sort of relationship with Resistance would actually move you forward toward becoming all that you were created to be?

By the way, Resistance has a name. Read the quote again. Take a guess.

Press on to the goal (Philippians 3:12-15)!

Michael

P.S.--The awesome sculpture in the photo is titled "Resistance" and can be found at www.artworksaustin.com. Posted by Picasa

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