Get Away From Me , You Bitch
At dinner Monday night, the conversation, fueled by my favorite Italian wine, one of my all time favorite couples, candlelight and a table on the patio, led in its meandering yet revealing way, to talk of Resistance.
You all know how I LOVE that subject.
I’m convinced that the the more I can shine a light on that creative cockroach, sending him back into the shadows, the better off the world will be.
The food was epically delicious; like accidental drooling level good, yet it was eclipsed by the conversation because I got to discuss Resistance with someone who’s creative genius I admire beyond words.
He paints and he is also a musical wonder.
He writes, plays multiple instruments, and is a highly sought after producer.
But beyond that, he is disarming, present, engaging and humble as hell, which makes me LOVE him and want to put him in my pocket for safe keeping.
We have a similar relationship with the Muse, and obviously his channel is clear.
He keeps on delivering great work from her, year after year.
Still, he has his struggles with the beast, Resistance – he was just unaware of its name.
If you can’t name your enemy, how can you defeat it?
So now you have it, my friend.
Remember, this isn’t just for artists and writers, we are ALL creating SOMETHING, and Resistance is an equal opportunity saboteur.
Here are a few things we touched on:
*RESISTANCE IS INSIDIOUS
“Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work. It will perjure, fabricate, falsify; seduce, bully, cajole. Resistance is protean. It will assume any form, if that’s what it takes to deceive you. It will reason with you like a lawyer or jam a nine-millimeter in your face like a stickup man. Resistance has no conscience. It will pledge anything to get a deal, then double-cross you as soon as your back is turned.
If you take Resistance at its word, you deserve everything you get. Resistance is always lying and always full of shit.”
That always lying and full of shit part; I’ve dated that guy.
All kidding aside, the implications of this seem daunting.
The level of commitment and fight, not to mention the sheer tonnage of alcohol and chocolate it will take to overcome; well, pick your poison and come sit by me, we have some serious strategy to employ.
This all makes me sick to my stomach because that fucker is in MY head.
It leads me to believe that it’s smarter than me, when it’s NOT. How could it be when it is using MY intellect – against me?
*RESISTANCE IS IMPLACABLE
Resistance is like the Alien or the Terminator or the shark in Jaws. It cannot be reasoned with. It understands nothing but power. It is an engine of destruction, programmed from the factory with one object only: to prevent us from doing our work. Resistance is implacable, intractable, indefatigable. Reduce it to a single cell and that cell will continue to attack.
This is Resistance’s nature. It’s all it knows.”
Resistance IS the Alien parasite that rides along with its host, fowling everything it encounters.
It’s an inside job; this ruining of our lives.
Much like the Alien/parasite, resistance doesn’t have the good sense to know it’s slowly and systematically killing its host.
Either that or it doesn’t care.
Both make me want to hurl, and then they make. me. angry.
Anger is good. It’s mobilizing. It short circuits victim hood
If Resistance lies within me, then, it is within my control.
Therein lies the Ah Ha.
MuuuuuHaaaaaaaa! (Diabolical laugh).
Control. Now you’re talkin’
If Resistance is the Alien inside, then I have no problem getting all Ripley on it.
“Get away from ME – you bitch!”
I’d love to hear your struggles with Resistance and the ways you’ve battled the Alien. Did you realize it was an inside job? Does that make you feel more empowered? Talk to me.
Your comments help the tribe.
*All excerpts from Steven Pressfield & Shawn Coyne. “The War of Art.” (My bible)