I saw this quote the other day; “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got” by Robert Brault and it stopped me in my tracks and got me thinking about how I am waiting for people to apologize to me. And in my waiting I am resisting.
Have you ever tried to make a change in your life and encountered resistance? What is resistance? The definition of resistance is: The act of resisting; opposition, passive or active. And the definition of resist: To stand against; to withstand; to obstruct.1
When you read those definitions, what images come to mind for you? For me, the image of a brick wall comes up that seems impenetrable. But, as we know, all walls can be disassembled with the right force. It is an interesting exercise in self-discovery to look at what you are resisting in your life. And even more interesting is to shift resistance from being a protective mechanism or a shield to asking resistance why it is showing up in your life? What is the lesson or message it is bringing? How can change happen in your life alongside the resistance? For me, I notice that resistance to change is a big obstacle to my personal growth. I am learning to embrace the resistance and stay true to my courage and strength – not cower in fear because I am afraid of change. How about you?
1. Websters online dictionary