Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Retaliation against Resistance

My aunt recently told me about the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield after disclosing to her my inability to bring a pen to paper. I am not sure I would even call it writer's block because it was not as if I was even attempting to sit down and write. I was blocking out the idea of writing anything beyond grocery lists and the ever prevailing to do list. Three months later I checked The War of Art out of the library. 

My desire to underline and highlight every page in this book is so great that if I do not get my own copy soon I will lose my inability to withstand defacing the library copy (which is now two weeks overdue). Pressfield writes, "Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance." The book breaks down why,"it (Resistance) is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and harder to kick than crack cocaine."  Resistance is applicable not just to writing, but to any part of myself that I know needs proper nourishment. It lives under laundry piles, unanswered e-mails, and my kid's social calendar. I can create just about any reason not to write, not to exercise, not to take the time to make a healthy lunch. Why? Pressfield writes that once you give way to Resistance, it only makes it that much more difficult to fight back. I have not only given way, I have let Resistance move into the basement of my soul and it is time to kick him out. 

So in observance of my word for the New Year, nourish, I decided to begin my retaliation against Resistance. I am beginning with writing, about everything and nothing (with exception to grocery lists and teacher notes), but sitting down to do it. I have a plan that if I take time (minutes even) every day to do this, the necessities of my life that I resist the strongest (exercise, meditation, healthy eating) will also surface to less Resistance. It's time to remodel the basement.

Love & Light,

I take many photos with my iPhone. I have become a bit lazy with schlepping my Cannon out and taking the time to get a good shot. However, I love these random phone pictures. They speak more to me about everyday life rather than a photo that if I had my big camera I might miss in attempts to get the perfect aperture and light. 



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