The Resistance

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to be a ‘one-day’ person? Often times we have this annoying tendency of organizing our lives and fixating on what we will do ‘one day’, instead of living for ‘today.’ It’s  easy to get caught up in what could be–one day I will take ownership of my life; one day I will finish that degree; one day I will stand for something I believe in. The inconvenient truth is the world is full of ‘one-day’ people.

Steven Pressfield writes extensively about a force that keeps us from doing our work or pursuing our calling. It’s a force that keeps us being “one day” people. He calls this invisible enemy Resistance. It is the Resistance, he says, that makes writers not write, or painters not paint, or musicians not play their instruments. It is a paralyzing force that robs us of the joy of living for today. It manifests itself in different ways–procrastination, doubt, fear, addictions. The first time I read about Resistance I immediately linked it to a spiritual phenomenon. Undoubtedly, you’ve experienced this force in your own life. Overcoming resistance is  key to becoming free and ‘otherworldly.

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Becoming otherworldly

I discovered a new television channel the other night. There was nothing new on my DVR and my Netflix account wasn’t working properly, so I was stuck having to search through commercial filled  TV channels to find something to watch. It was a rough night…and also  the epitome of ‘first world problems.’ Eventually, though, I stumbled across  the AXS TV channel. It’s a channel that usually goes unnoticed, tucked away past my usual television stomping ground of ESPN, A& E and the History Channel. Turns out, the AXS channel shows concerts and other music-inspired media. Not too bad of a discovery. And it just so happened that at nine o’clock on a Sunday evening an older John Mayer concert was on. For those who know me, this is a beautiful discovery analogous to finding a substantial balance left on a Starbucks gift card.

John Mayer inspired a previous blog post of mine because, well, I love him. (Actually, I love his music… not him per say) It’s true. I am a big a fan of his and he said something on AXS TV that was captivating. John was describing a musician’s journey and shared that musicians as a lot are all about continuity. There is this continuation among st musicians where you can pick out their sound and style and connect it to people who’ve gone before them. John mentioned his music is heavily influenced by the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmy Hendrix. According to John, he was drawn to these two in particular because their guitar playing was ‘otherworldly.’ There was something about the way they not only played their instruments, but embodied the musical experience that to him was life-changing. John believed Stevie and Jimmy were two quiet souls who tapped into this alternate existence and he had them to thank for his current sound. In his mind they became otherworldly.

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Time is on our side

The perpetual clock of life never stops ticking away. Ever notice how easily the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into months and the months into years? Time passing away should never surprise us and yet it does. If you’re like me, you have days and weeks that go by like a blur, and at the end of the month you find yourself asking, “Where’d the time go?” I have a habit of getting into these ‘reflective’ moods. Hours will pass by and I don’t even realize that I’m stuck in my head thinking.

Sometimes I carry this reflective mood into weeks and even months. Time will pass by and I’m struck with the realization that this particular moment of time will never repeat itself. There will never be another October 2012. Now, hopefully, I get to see another October next year, but it will be different. This particular one is gone forever. I know–that thought is a little pessimistic, but it’s true.

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Going Home

I’ve always wondered if heaven will feel familiar. When we arrive, will it be like walking down our street or eating at our favorite restaurant? I’m not sure, of course, but I can’t imagine it feeling foreign. When we get there, I don’t envision needing an orientation meeting. I doubt Peter is standing at the gates with a clipboard and red double-decker bus, instructing us to board for the four o’clock sight-seeing tour. No, I imagine heaven is familiar. Instead of feeling lost, we recognize the sights and sounds. It will feel like going home.

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