Resistance is Futile
Okay, so I am a geek at heart. If you don’t know the title of the article’s reference, then you need to do a Google search for the Star Trek episodes about the Borg. The Borg are a civilization of machines where their favorite phrase is “resistance (to them) is futile.”
Resistance and Diabetes
So, why am I writing about resistance? I recently began listening to this book, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. This is a book that was referenced in another book I was listening to, and I found the title to be interesting. Anyone who has ever studied political science will see a striking resemblance in the name of this book to book The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Although entirely different topics and content, I found there to be some correlations.
The Art of War
If you have never read The Art of War, this book is all about military operations and strategies. I find the most interesting discussion in the book to be centered around how many people you can kill when taking over a city to bring the people into line, but not cause a revolt. It amazes me that this is even a discussion point or that someone would put any thought to try to address this situation, but I guess in war, you need to consider all the possibilities.
The War of Art
So, what does all of this have to do with The War of Art and diabetes? One of the main topics in The War of Art is resistance. Just like how The Art of War addresses the resistance within a civilization, The War of Art tackles the resistance within each of us.
Yes, that is right, you have resistance inside you, it tries to keep you safe, it tries to make sure that you don’t get your feelings hurt, or that if you might fail, that you won’t even try because the resistance inside of you doesn’t want you to fail. It wants you to win, all the time, or just not succeed or fail.
Resistance the Real Evil
In life, we experience the results of resistance all the time. When I first found out that I was diabetic, resistance tried to keep me from eating correctly. I didn’t have the right tools; I didn’t have the right food in the house, I didn’t want to feel hungry, I didn’t want to be inconvenienced … I could go on and on …
Think about all the resistance in your life, just within yourself. Make a list; you will find it to be very long. Your internal resistance is working overtime to try and keep you safe. To win and reverse my diabetes, I HAD TO OVERCOME MY INTERNAL RESISTANCE! Your internal resistance is never going to go away; it will always be there, that’s it’s job. You must learn to overcome your internal resistance, and this is what The War of Art is all about.
This book goes into an in-depth discussion and makes you think about resistance in your life, and what is keeping you from overcoming your resistance make the needed changes. When battling with diabetes, there will be an infinite number of times where you will be challenged by your internal resistance, reading this book can help you to overcome your internal resistance, or at least help you to recognize it for what it is, trying to keep you safe, and then do what is needed to overcome your diabetes.
Have you ever experienced internal resistance? How did you deal with overcoming resistance? Share your stories in the comments below.