“What convinced me to go ahead was simply that I was so unhappy not going ahead. I was developing symptoms. As soon as I sat down and began, I was okay.”
Have you ever heard about a book, and then you heard about it again and again and again? Ok, Universe, I get the hint. Resistance is futile. Get your hands on the book.
Despite the six great reads waiting on my nightstand, I opened Pressfield’s 2002 book The War of Art on the weekend. (If you haven’t heard of the author, his books include The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, Tides of War, and more.) I am only a third of the way through the book and already know that I will be picking up this book over and over again for a reality check.
The War of Art is a book not only for writers, painters, and musicians. It is for those who want to lose weight, start a business, start a new spiritual practice, or build whatever dream is hiding inside of them.
Pressfield talks about how the unlived life manifests as a series of symptoms ~ criticizing other people, acting like a victim, procrastination, self-doubt, fear of isolation, and more. Oh I have had them all. Now I can recognize my crankiness and so-called barriers for what they are. Signs that I am not doing the work that needs to be done. The writing. The meetings. The phone calls. The exercising.
The War of Art is a short read, and well worth the time spent. Last night I tweeted to the author, “reading The War of Art. Half giggling. Half ‘oh crap! Ive been found out’ thx!”
Today I am making a sign for my desk as a reminder about resistance being futile. The fact that symptoms of not doing what needs to be done manifests as panic, delay, and pain is summed up so well with another quote from Pressfield’s book:
Gotta go. Calls to make. What are you doing today that you have been resisting?