Do you face Resistance?

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Have you ever walked into a door you thought was open? I can’t tell you how many screen doors I’ve walked through living in Florida. Ever wonder what the heck you are running into where you work? Ever thought about what Resistance is? Ever felt like there was a force preventing you from moving in a direction you want to go? Do libraries have a special kind of Resistance?

Creativity can be described as the right kind of Resistance: a tensioned state that doesn’t suppress your ability to think or act and on the other end isn’t vapidly easy. Creative tension is a state where you re-mix tools, abilities, skills, and solutions in new ways. Resistance fears this state. It doesn’t want you to know this. Knowing what kind of Resistance you face, naming the nameless, allows you to re-claim energy and re-direct it.

I also feel talking openly about failures will create a culture of (knowledgeable) risk takers. Success and failure are far more intimate friends than they let on. Sure: out on the playground they look like enemies. Always one Winner and one Loser right? Yet for how long do successes last? How fast have you recovered from some failure? Some say contentment is the highest goal. That’s awfully philosophical for a Monday -but I am a closet existentialist.

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TTW Contributor- Lee LeBlanc

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5 thoughts on “Do you face Resistance?”

  1. Yes, I know this is true. I fight this every day as a painter and writer. I have learned, however, that talking about failures is not necessarily a good idea. It’s important, even vital, to keep them in mind, but if you “share,” others usually use them to clobber you. Everybody is a creator, but most people fear their creativity and, most of all, fear rejection. If you are out there putting yourself on the line in a way they do not want to, they will attack you with ferocious vehemence. I know this from personal experience. The best approach, actually is to listen. I notice that you have not included ANY personal experiences in this work. It is all very general. You have not followed your own advice, and this, I think, is very smart!

  2. I, unfortunately or fortunately, always follow my own advice.

    Like putting myself, my thoughts, my writing out on the web for random strangers to comment on. Which I welcome. But, it’s quite arduous and very nerve wracking to me as I consider myself a mediocre writer -at best.

    Thanks for your critique of my post. It’s very interesting. I don’t feel I have to meet your criteria when I’m expressing my thoughts though. I still am grateful that you supported what I wrote with your comments.

    Most days, I give myself a grade of 76% sometimes I break into the high 90′s. But, mostly I’m doing the best I can.

  3. I did not mean to criticize what you said at all. I agree with ALL of it. Except this:

    “I also feel talking openly about failures will create a culture of (knowledgeable) risk takers. ”

    I absolutely agree that failure is as important as success, and I HAVE, after being in “consciousness-raising” groups in the past–what can I say–I lived in California–even tried “sharing” my failtures. Let’s just say I lived to regret it, and it didn’t even help those with whom I “shared”. It just made them feel smug for a while, and then they went on to tell me, at length, about the wonders of others who had achieved far less than I. Obviously, these other folks had been far wiser than I. They had learned from their failures, but shared only their successes.

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