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Good news about the resistance

The resistance makes every hope and good intention of ours drag its feet. You and I would be living in a far more beautiful world if it weren’t for all the ways the resistance defeats us.

But there is some good news.

Boundaries. Every hard limit we run up against in our pursuits helps us focus. You were born in a certain place and time with certain characteristics and capabilities. These limitations are another way of saying you have a unique responsibility to fulfill on this earth.

Reversibility. Much of the resistance within ourselves is learned. We internalized those voices to feed our fears and relieve ourselves of our purpose on earth. But if we’re dead serious we can unlearn much of this.

Dues. When you get rejected, fall flat on your face, and get your teeth kicked in, remind yourself that’s just the price of admission. Be thankful you get to play. If you’re one of the few who lace up and put everything on the field you can go to sleep knowing you’ve paid your dues in full that day.

Comrades. Every person you encounter has been battled resistance since they pushed themselves out of the womb. You’re not alone.

Second. Resistance rises up in you because what you’re about to do matters. Steven Pressfield wrote an excellent post about how we ought to remember that resistance came second. That love, or passion, or life’s work was embedded in you long before resistance showed up. Dig deep enough and there’s more life within you than there is resistance.

Navigation. There’s an odd statement in the Bible that says Jesus was led by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil (Matthew 4). I’m sure Jesus had good justifiable reasons not to respond to the calling; just as you do. However, if we’re willing, the resistance can be our compass. Sometimes the one thing we fear most is the one thing we must do.

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  • Don Gilbert January 28, 2011, 11:18 am

    Navigation: That reminds me of something my teacher used to say, “Just because that path offers the least resistance, doesn’t mean it’s the right path.”

    It’s interesting to note that usually it’s the path of greatest resistance (both internal and external) that is the right path to take. It’s because it’s the path less traveled, less proven, and less survived. That’s why the Bible says that the way to hell is broad – so many people travel it because there is so little resistance there. It’s easy, but it’s not right, and it’s not what we were created for.

    • Lon January 28, 2011, 3:12 pm

      Right on Don! Resistance can be our friend in some ways. Especially when we’re not sure what to do… the path of strongest resistance often can be our guide, at least worth considering. too often we just ignore it as ‘obviously not what god wants’.

  • mas raden February 2, 2011, 7:57 am

    thanks for sharing, thats very good article

    greeting from mas raden

  • Devika February 2, 2011, 10:23 am

    what make me read your blog is your quote “Love is Resistance”…. and i truly agree with your post 🙂

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