Friday, July 26, 2013

when you face resistance

the danger is greatest when the finish line is in sight.  
at this point, Resistance knows we're about to beat it.  it hits the panic button.  it marshals one last assault and slams us with everything it's got.
{steven pressfield ~ the war of art}

today, with a finish line in sight, i got slammed.
the specifics of the finish line and how i got slammed are not important.  what is important is this...
when i felt like eating an entire container of dark chocolate sea salt almonds...
when i seriously considered falling onto the couch and hitting a button that could take my mind to a make-believe world where the east dillon lions were on their way to the state title...
when i entertained the thought of 'pinning' beautiful diy projects {i will never attempt} until my eyes glaze over...
when i would have rather curled up in my bed and sent my unhappy heart to sleep...
i didn't.

i pulled myself back up, grabbed Resistance by the throat, and threw him across the room.
{sorry...that was a little violent...but the situation kind of called for it}

i poured myself a glass of water, sat down at my kitchen table and began to write...
because writing is my art and however Resistance disguises itself, it ultimately wants my art.
so instead of ceasing production, i decided to work overtime cranking out word after word.
in your face, Resistance!

when my art soul dies.
and when my soul dies i have only charred remains left to give in every other role i serve...
as wife
as mama
as teacher
as leader
as friend

what is your art?
and i'm not just talking about watercolors or sculptures.

art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination...a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities.

maybe you express your human creative skill through  painting.
or maybe you apply it to that non-profit you've been trying to start.
maybe your creative activity involves singing or dancing or serving or leading or teaching or threading a needle or swinging a hammer.

however you express or apply the creativity that is unique to you, is your art.
it's the thing that brings you joy...not because it's easy but because it's always worth the effort.  
because it leaves you feeling full instead of hollow.

whatever your art is, don't let Resistance keep you from it.
let's pull ourselves back up and get back to it.