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For Every Dream There is Resistance

“Our greatest battle is to become ourselves in the face of adversity” – ┬áSteven Pressfield

This afternoon I watched an episode of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday which was an interview with Steven Pressfield who is the author of The War of Art. His book is about how to follow your dreams and be yourself even in the face of resistance. Their conversation was about how resistance is always present while reaching for your dreams. It is like yin and yang, light and dark.

However, many of us don’t realize the presence of resistance, we just push our dreams off because we feel uncomfortable. Pressfield and Oprah discuss that once we name that discomfort as resistance we can defeat it. Oprah said that “your will or desire HAS to be stronger than resistance” in order for you to move beyond and follow your bliss.

This episode particularly struck me today because lately I have been struggling with the idea of my future as many college students do. College is full of dos and don’ts; it is full of expectation. Expectations to gain skills and prepare yourself so that you can make a lot of money and find a good job. I wonder sometimes if I am doing the right things and if I’m doing enough. The unknown is a very scary place especially when you step outside the norm.

I want to have a happy life which is one of my reasons for writing this blog. Because of this dream, I have made choices this Fall that scare me. Changing my major, trying new things, and now looking forward to a future which is very vague. I now see that my discomfort is resistance and I also now notice that this resistance is natural when we take steps to follow our dreams and step outside the box. Last year I took classes and chose a major which would set me up for a very comfortable life. I have now made the decision to take a risk, change my major, and do pursue what I love… this is very scary.

I think that it is important for all of us to realize resistance will be there no matter what and we just have to deal with it head on. I am very sure that there will be many moments of failure and doubt in my life but as Steven Pressfield said in his interview, these are the moments that move us to the next level.

I would love to hear your comments about resistance and any advice you have about meeting this discomfort!

Let’s take some risks no matter how small they are!

Giving is the Best Communication

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I don’t think that we ever realize how easy giving can be. I certainly miss many moments in which I could give and I don’t because I am not living in that present moment. This morning I watched a powerful short video┬áthat had a huge impact on me. We never know when a small act for someone could amount to something greater. As I thought about the message of this video, I tried thinking of instances in my life in which I could give even a small part of myself to make someone’s day a little better.

Within only a few minutes I had come up with many small ways of giving. We don’t need to give huge sums of money to charities or help homeless people to change the world. Yes, these are amazing acts but small steps are important too. I think that if each of us made the intention to try to make a few peoples’ days just a little bit better, the world would be a happier place.

Smile, open the door for someone, give a compliment, have a meaningful conversation with someone, sincerely ask someone a question and deeply listen to their response, call an old friend. It is easy and it takes only a little of yourself to do it but it is still giving. It just means that you have to make the small decision to put yourself out there. Let’s see if we can treat each other a little better and show some compassion just like the man did in this video.

And what do we get in return? A smile, a thank you, a friend, and in the case of this video for me, a couple of happy tears.

Have a great day of giving!