Monday, April 21, 2008

Donuts and "The War of Art"

Steven Pressfield's book, "The War of Art" is about the power of resistance.

Pressfield says, "Most of us have lived two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance."

Can you relate? You may have a book you've wanted to write, a painting you've wanted to put on canvas, a non-profit foundation you've wanted to create, etc. You've given considerable time to developing the idea in your mind, yet there is no action.

The author goes on to say, "If you believe in God (and I do) you must declare Resistance evil, for it prevents us from achieving the life God intended when He endowed each of us with our own unique genius."

"The professional keeps his eye on the doughnut and not on the hole. He reminds himself it's better to be in the arena, getting stomped by the bull, than to be up in the stands or out in the parking lot."*

Is it time for you to turn pro?

*Pressfield, Steven, The War of Art, Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY, 2002.
Illustration: Copyright: Cheryl Graham/


wbatstone said...

Oh, Sheryl! I've been thinking very much about you the last several weeks. I will have time to write tomorrow.

Love you! --Wendy

Coach Sheryl said...

This isn't to say that encountering resistance (evil) is necessarily bad for us. It's what we choose to do with the encounter that's to be considered. I can think of some good outcomes from meeting up with and battling resistance in my own life.