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Embrace the Resistance

If you are a runner or a cyclist, you will be able to relate to this article quite well. Have you ever begun your run or ride and realized immediately that you were working so darn hard and making little progress? You feel yourself exerting a great deal of energy yet the wind resistance is so unrelenting that you virtually advance nothing.

At this point you begin to doubt your athletic ability to run or pedal and start looking at your watch. You entertain thoughts of returning home to an obscenely oversized bowl of ice cream to call it a day.

However, if your inner conscience is tough and does not allow you to quit, you keep going and gradually adapt to the challenge and continue forward, albeit at a snail´s pace. Now it appears easier as your mind and body have embraced the struggle as your muscles work hard and rise to the challenge.

Following your chosen path, you make a slight shift in position and waa-laa- now you have the wind at your back. Your movements seem effortless as you "gallop" along as though a huge hand were at your back forging you ahead. In fact, you feel that if not careful, you will certainly fall forward flat on your face from so much assistance. If biking, you shift into the highest gear yearning for resistance, yet none is found and your ride is ridiculously painless. You are cruising along at almost the speed of traffic and not even breathing hard. At this point you determine that this activity can´t even be defined as exercise anymore!

You have just experienced the winds of change. Just when we think we cannot go any further, a small adjustment is made in direction and we coast along mindlessly as if carried on an escalator. This is my metaphor for life. Simple, yet profound.

The key is to just keep going, even if you are only able to accelerate with tiny baby steps. As you press on, circumstances and situations will naturally and unexpectedly evolve and allow opportunities to begin filtering in. Without warning, you will find yourself no longer struggling to survive, but drifting about with the changed winds in your favor.

No matter what your predicament or quandary, never give up and never assume your fight will last forever. It is just a moment in time within the grand spectrum of life. By practicing the virtue of patience and keeping this perspective, simply continue peddling toward the finish line.

At the precise moment that you feel you cannot go on and are "out of gas," change will take you by surprise and you will recognize that everything is miraculously quite simple...and perhaps boring...