The War of Art: Overcoming Resistance – Again

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“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

So here I am again… staring at the proverbial blank screen.

I haven’t written in ages.

It’s not as if I didn’t want to write. It’s not because I didn’t mean to write. I always knew what I had to do. I just didn’t do it.

Resistance.

All of this is so familiar to me now. I’ve been here so many times already. But there’s nothing for it now than to just go ahead and accept it. No drama. No beating up on myself. I know better now. Just calm acceptance and a willingness to change things for the better.

Yes, I gave into distraction. Yes, I lost sight of what was important to me. Yes, I stopped writing. And yes, it kept gnawing away at me – until it became unbearable. Unbearable because suppressing your true Self is a painful thing to do – especially if doing so is not the life you have chosen for yourself.

So I am back. It feels good and I know it will get better. In fact, I have Mr. Pressfield’s word on the matter:

“This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete.”

Well Muse, I am here now. I guess I’ll be seeing you soon.

And thank you Mr. Pressfield for your awesome book! I have read it more times than I care to admit, but it’s obvious that I’m not done reading it yet : )

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Life Works – Things Are Always Working out for Me

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Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.
– Dr. Wayne Dyer

It seems that there are good days and bad days.
We sometimes get things right and sometimes, we make mistakes.
Sometimes things flow effortlessly and sometimes, everything seems a struggle.
So it seems, that life is always going up and down.

But there is another way … to seeing things, and to approaching life:

Life works and things are always working out for us.

Here, there are no bad days, but only days that teach us what needs to change and how we can go on to have more of those good days.

We don’t make mistakes – we have learning experiences instead, and, we can learn from them and do so much better next time.

Life flows, except when we we struggle against life and what is.
We don’t need to be stuck where we are and change is always possible.
BUT, we can learn to yield more; to accept more; to pick our moments and our battles.
We can also learn to distract ourselves, when nothing else seems to be helping (how about laughter? The fun never has to stop).

Life isn’t ever going up or down. Life is always taking us – carrying us forward.

With this change in perspective, we realise that we have far more control over our lives and our state of happiness than we might have ever imagined.

Mindset, attitude, habits of thought – these things are all within OUR control;
And they make ALL the difference between good days and bad days; mistakes and getting it right; being in flow or struggling; and being up or down.

I may not have all the answers, but I know what feels better. And so I’ve changed the way I look at things:

Life works. It always does. And things are always working out for me.

Thank you Dr. Wayne Dyer : )

And thank you Esther, Jerry and Abraham <3 <3 <3