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The Path of Least Resistance

January 12, 2013

Life can throw some seriously, annoying curve balls.  While, maybe it is not  curve balls exactly but rather  fly balls that  hang in the air for ages, annoying the ‘h’ out of you because you are not exactly sure when they will drop or  which path/direction they will take.  Pelting balls is another image that comes to mind…a kind of dodge ball game (played with a hard ball)  but with more serious consequences.

I know that most readers can relate, only too well, to these images.  We can relate either on personal, financial, health, creative levels….  the stress accompanying the game can be overwhelming.  It is this stress that contributes to the rise of our dark sides that create illness, can ruin paintings, relationships and if it gets bad enough, bring us to our knees.

I have dodged a few balls myself  in the last couple of years with some balls causing more injury than others.   The beginning of 2013  has revealed a few ‘boulders’ coming my way and I am at a loss as to how to cope with the stress of those particular games.  I can feel my general upbeat self sinking into the depths and have found no relief within the excesses of this past holiday season.  So, I find myself turning to those things that I know have pulled me from oblivion in the past.  This would be painting of course, meditation, yoga and spending time outside.

With all of this in mind, I sat for meditation this morning vowing in that stillness to find THE path I should take to avoid the greatest pain, upheaval, disappointment, whatever you want to call it.  You may have guessed what the answer was…..the path of least resistance.

Resistance:  Act or process of resisting in physical senses; act of resisting by moral effort;  standing up, remaining firm and unshifted against pressure.  Opposition offered by any form of matter to attempt to displace it (I kind of liked this one)  Act of thwarting, impeding, hampering, preventing by bodily action and lastly and maybe most  timely; Natural opposition of an organism to, and its reaction against, unfavourable conditions and the like.

So we come by our ‘opposition to unfavourable conditions’ naturally then?  Could have fooled me.  Do we all really resist unfavourable conditions?  That discussion would be another blog altogether 🙂

Back to the idea of least resistance.  I guess the best  natural example of least resistance would have to be running water….fluid and easily directed.   The greatest challenge for a painter painting running water is to show the feeling of such fluidity and continuous motion.  We want the voyeur to actually ‘see’ the water in motion, meeting no resistance in its path,  as it were.  This challenge does not seem much different in a life.

Hmmm, great image to take along with us when dodging hard balls or boulders, don’t you think?

Happy boulder dodging!!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April White permalink
    January 13, 2013 5:35 pm

    You can always tell which path is best by the ease of which it is followed. Going with the flow is always less painful than fighting the stream….I mean why we’re on that anology.
    On the other hand, 2012 was a year of extreme change on all levels. Personally, we sold and business, a house, moved from the USA, stayed 5 mos. and moved back. We actually purchased the home in SA and then had to sell it to move. That’s a lot of activity for two people in their mid-60s, so I KNOW just what you’re talking about. Bottomline: No idea why that occurred, but all stars aligned for us to go, and did so for us to return. I’ve given up on the WHYS; just go with the flow.

  2. January 19, 2013 4:05 am

    Thanks so much for your insight April….much appreciated!
    Thanks for reading and good luck with your path.

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