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Public Enemy Number One; Resistance

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Yield?

Perhaps this is a bad rule for life.

Perhaps this is a bad rule for life.

Don't Be Your Own Worst Enemy

Negative horrible things that happen are so bad. There are bad people. But a public enemy is not that which destroys so much. The worst public enemy is that which stifles our creativity. A true public enemy is that which stops you from realizing why you were put here. The most horrible public enemy is the one that prevents us from seeing what you were made to create.

Have you ever had a pastry that was “to die for” oh my, what pleasure. Have you ever heard a song and it moved you deep inside, what joy. How about reading the book and you could not put it down. Just think what we would miss if you did not open local tool store. A farmer who yields the finest organic crops. Oh my list can go on and on. I like my bodega shop keeper. What a splendid store all clean and fresh with just the right things you need on the quick with a few chairs to watch soccer. He knows you and your wife by name and your little boy. What a gift he shares. His calling was as sure as could be, to be a shopkeeper. He was a mechanic by trade.

Oh that poor poor writer who is afraid to publish. What public enemy can this be that prevents beauty in the world. He has a name and it is worthy of being very scared of: Resistance. The saboteur of creations, the father of procrastination and the inventor of insecurity. He lives in the bowels of our very self, on loan from our ego.

We can feed him or starve him but have no doubt that he wants to destroy and not create. He is “the Man” who wants to hold you back from dreams and gifts freely given you. He is the guardian of the gate to keep fulfillment out. He denies me of your greatness.

He must be arrested. He must be pummeled in order to have that life giving the blood of creativity. My bodega man is an artist. What dinner could have been ruined without his providing me with ripe tomatoes on a moments notice. What student would not be a great master if not for the creativity and love from a teacher.

We must overcome resistance in order to be at one with our talents. We must be able to brave the critics. We must act to defeat this public enemy number one.

Don't Rat on Yourself

Says Who?

Don't apply breaks to your creativity.

Don't apply breaks to your creativity.

Look Within

How cozy my bed. How delightful spending time doing nothing. How splendid to have work to keep us busy and family occasions to keep us from our work. Those beautiful words; “I will start that project tomorrow.” And its sister in arms “if only”. I write. Not tomorrow and not yesterday but every day.

We must be warriors at our tasks. We must be star athletes at our commitment. We must be our own cheerleaders to overcome this public and private enemy. If we go after our appointed “work” attempting to wow the crowds or gain acceptance we fail at our job. Our job is to do that which we are truly called to do. Now be assured living a full life may just be the ticket to have a base upon which to leap from into your talent drive. Please leap as your art may be just what I need to make and impact myself. Do not keep that God given gift to yourself, share with us and delight us.

Now my best friend Jesus said to the effect that he was in this world but not of this world. So be your gifts and talents and true destiny. They are not part of the day to day. They have no form or matter. They may be a muse, or a vision or a lifelong dream – lacking the substance of this world and not of the making of man. I implore you to look for such and add to your quiver to use against the number one enemy that is known as resistance.

Family and friends will be tricky as resistance may just have them as it has most. They are like you are when you procrastinate, and resistance will hire them out as mercenaries to defeat you. No malice just unknowing accomplishes. “That is crazy no one would buy your photography” why would you even bother publishing them.

I still don’t quite get it because it is quite low on my list but with all the negative I still see some great creativity on Face Book. I am a sucker for inspirational pieces about overcoming. I am fearful of the platform though as it looks like a great procrastination tool of the devil resistance. On the other hand am I procrastinating about trimming my roses by following an inspiration to write this piece?

I have not quite figured it out on having more than one gift. Can one preclude the other? The musician who is also a great composer? Which should he allow to be resisted? But I think I have concluded that we can be a farmer and a writer.

Don't Let The Sun Go Down on You

Maybe I could be a photographer.

Maybe I could be a photographer.

Find Youself in This Wonderful World

Create

This great guy named Paul told this group/church to get it together and focus on the good. “Think on these things” is a normal translation though I think he meant pray and meditate on them. Check out the list that you can add substance to through your special one of a kind gift. “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy”.

And then there is this guy known a Satchmo. He sings a song I will put on here for you. But he was a man who had to overcome external resistance. Being a black artist in a tough time for them. But he overcame that and his own personal demonic resistance. Yes I said demonic. There is no worse public enemy and nothing to hold out more as a demon.

Go save a dog. Go hold a hand. This I know for sure. Too many resist love. Too many cannot see that loving another is their gift. I like kids and real old people. Seems I have a gift with them, not always so much with other adults.

If we can slow down enough we can examine a single leaf. It can be odd. As no two leaves are exactly the same. Yet each one serves a higher calling; the tree. The leaf has no control over the tree but without the leaves the tree shall truly perish. Our talents are our leaves. Without their budding and growing there will be no real life. Because the leaf has no thought it just does what it was made to do naturally.

Likewise over thinking will prevent us from doing what we were meant to do. Resistance loves the rational mind. That mind can come up with all of the finest reasons not to release ourselves into creating. Without creations we whither and perish in our inner most selves. Are you stifled by your inner critic? Are you worried about the outer critic? If we create for the critic we will never truly create, for the critic sets boundaries that resistance uses to block us.

See resistance for what it is, public enemy number one. And then go forth and create. Follow your dreams and bring them to life.

Comments

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 05, 2020:

Thank you Linda. I am glad you enjoyed it.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 04, 2020:

This is an inspiring article, Eric. I love your last two paragraphs. I appreciate your idea that resistance is public enemy number one. I think this is something that's important to remember.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 04, 2020:

Umesh it is good to hear from you. I am glad you found a good concept here.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 04, 2020:

Eric, I like the opening statement - do not be your own enemy. Very motivating.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 03, 2020:

Good for you Millecent. I hope all is well with you.

Millicent Okello from Nairobi, Kenya on October 03, 2020:

Hi Eric

I have learnt to find myself in this beautiful worl. Like you say, now iI feel motivated to follow my dreams and bring them to life. Thank you.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 02, 2020:

Nthya, aren't we funny that way. I have never read a poem of yours I did not like. You shine, even if like Mel and I you have more unpublished than published '-)

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 02, 2020:

Eweama, I look forward to more of your work. The creativity is in you.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 02, 2020:

Jacob, your point is well taken. Foundations are so important to allow us to move upward and forward.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 02, 2020:

A motivating sermon, calling for action. To face the critics and to overcome resistance and let talent shine - a brave act. I write poems and then put them in the backburner. It takes a while to get back to them. I hope to do better.

Eweama chiamaka from Owerri Imo state on October 02, 2020:

wow that's a great one, nice one sir, I'd like to be like you

Jacob from Delhi, India on October 01, 2020:

Our job is to do that which we are truly called to do. Now be assured living a full life may just be the ticket to have a base upon which to leap from into your talent drive - I agree with you Eric. Keep up the good work

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 01, 2020:

Mel don't ask me about that. If I printed all I wrote and did not publish, well bye bye to a whole rain forest. If I hand wrote them my right arm would look like the incredible Hulk's.

But I do have a reason for me. Practice? You don't get to play on Sunday without practicing all week long. OK that is maybe an excuse.

As for peering across the lake, I would but my binoculars are just plain to hot to hold.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 01, 2020:

Dora for probably a good reason you reminded me of Mathew, I think 5 about cutting off a member that causes you to sin. We are each a whole body in Christ. And our fig tree that seems to refuse to yield fruit. Well there is some reading for me to do today -- thanks.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 01, 2020:

Lorna that is so deep. I shall ponder it through the day. That concept of "to be" and in this case "being". Is a marvelous way to get a better understanding of our condition. Also the "ed" on change is telling. To me I used change here as almost a noun you changed it into a verb. A call to action so to speak. "I resist being changed". Yes indeed I do.

Mel Carriere from San Diego California on October 01, 2020:

Your sermons seem to be voyeurs peeking into my soul sometimes. Quit looking in my windows with your high powered telescope from across the lake!

What's even worse is when you are not a procrastinator, when you are extremely disciplined, when you get out of bed 3 and a half hours before work so you can create. So you can create closets full of stories that no one has ever read because you are too bashful to press the button. Any ideas on that?

Your sermons are always stirring, sometimes spooky.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 01, 2020:

John your poetry and stories always effect me in a good way. If you have some resistance it is not visible. But maybe that is part of the deal.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 01, 2020:

Here's my sermon for today: "Our talents are our leaves. Without their budding and growing there will be no real life." Thank you, Eric.

Lorna Lamon on October 01, 2020:

I've always been a square peg in a round hole Eric, however, I embrace it and channel it in many different ways, not least writing. I don't believe that people resist change, they just resist being changed. Great article Eric.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 01, 2020:

An inspiring article, Eric. I often meet resistance in regards to things I need to get done or written. Other things seem to pop up uninvited to demand attention, but I have been more productive this year than most so I can’t really complain. I enjoyed the tree and leaf example.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 30, 2020:

Rochelle I hear you. But do not take my laundry, floors and dishes away from me. Oops maybe I do use them to procrastinate. I should think on that, but meanwhile you can see yourself in my stove top and throw on anything without ironing. Hey send a picture of that half done art. Perhaps that is how it should be.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 30, 2020:

Linda they say misery loves company, but I think us crazies like it more. My castles candles are burning nigh so I must be off to slumber and dances with princesses as you.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on September 30, 2020:

Guilty as charged. I have a half finished drawing standing in the corner of my back room it’s been there for months. I should give my attention to it instead of folding laundry tomorrow.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 30, 2020:

Eric, I have a dear friend who says that both of us are "a little off-kilter (and we like it that way)".

I know some 70-year-olds who don't know the word euphemism.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 30, 2020:

Perhaps Vikram I am remiss. I find myself reading your articles and not commenting. I kind of think I have nothing to add. I will review that.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 30, 2020:

Linda, where would I be without the you. Such joy you bring. I said "unique" the other day. Gabe said that that is just a euphemism for weird, different and crazy. (first off, what am I thinking teaching a ten year old the word euphemism?) He does have a point though, and I like it.

Vikram Brahma from Assam, India on September 30, 2020:

Hey Eric, thanks for sharing this beautiful piece of the message. The way you have mentioned leaf in the message is so unique. And I also like to say, yes we need to follow our dreams and let's bring them to life. We are stopping ourselves. We are our creators and we can destroy ourselves. Thanks

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 30, 2020:

Eric, what a beautiful message. I fear most of us are our own harshest critics. Don't rob the world of the you.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 30, 2020:

Thanks much Sowspeaks. I sure needed to write and publish article. Of course I was nervous to publish it.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 30, 2020:

Thanks Devika, we are lucky to have a place to share our creativity.

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on September 30, 2020:

Hi Eric, I so loved this piece. It is a compelling call to action- Eric style with wisdom thrown with irreverence.Specially liked the leaf and tree bit. Rings totally true.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 30, 2020:

Eric A positive thinking hub and so much to make us think do it don't wait.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 30, 2020:

whayoo Bill let's make it a great one.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 30, 2020:

Pamela, except for hymns I don't know many songs by heart but I know that one. I just had my dawn walk and it truly is a wonderful world.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 30, 2020:

A call to action for all Creatives...hell, to all humans. Get out there and do some good. Enough of the complacency.

Love it, big guy! I am motivated this morning thanks to you!

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 30, 2020:

Ann you have me there today. At about 106 F. today I will put off some gardening until Friday. A good excuse to stay in my office quietly and write and read. Your support means a lot to me. Thank to you.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2020:

I have always loved that Louis Armstrong song. Inspiration books or movies where someone overcomes a difficulty always inspire me to.

The leaf and the tree are such a good analogy, Eric. This is a woderful article that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 30, 2020:

Well Robert you sure are expressing yourself well. I read a whole lot. Your writing is a pleasure.

AARP is a trip. My much younger wife has told me to ignore them. Lol.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 30, 2020:

Charlene I thank you. "I needed that" is truly music to my ears. It is good of you to leave a comment.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 30, 2020:

Thank you Flourish, a smile has been put upon my face by you.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 30, 2020:

This is brilliant, Eric! I love the analogy of the leaf and the tree - makes total sense to me. I do procrastinate with my writing, though now, more than ever, I have plenty of time to write.

There is plenty of resistance, from outside and from within - often an excuse to 'leave it until tomorrow'. What if tomorrow never comes?

Thanks for the inspiration, Eric!

Hope you and yours are safe and well.

Ann

Robert Henry Ditmore MA MEd from MORRISON on September 30, 2020:

Wow! Great article Eric! All my life I have had a desire to do something creative as a way of expressing myself; and all my life has seemed as a failure in that respect. I have friends who are so talented, in music, singing, writing, painting, etc. etc., and I have envied them all. Even now, as one who now receives unsolicited mail from AARP, I still have not figured out how to express myself fully. What I have discovered though, is that my "resistance" is myself. The most difficult enemy of self expression - is self!

Charlene Gallant from Cape Town, South Africa on September 30, 2020:

Wow so inspiring! Thank you so much Eric...I really needed to hear that. I am my own worst Enemy, most times.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 29, 2020:

This was a perfect message. Thank you.