I could call it stubbornness, because that might be more accurate. But I like “resistance” better.
Resistance is one of my favorite ways to exercise.
It strengthens. You use something that is working against you to benefit you.
In all of my 2017 growth, physical fitness regimens have not been part of the equation. That’s not to say I didn’t do some things for my health, but I haven’t exercised regularly in over a year. I will get back into a routine, but right now, my focus is more…internal.
Because resistance isn’t just a physical form of strengthening. It can also be mental. Spiritual. Emotional.
Resistance is fighting against the natural pull of what is comfortable. And until we can do that, we will be weak.
Even at 35 years old, as many times as I’ve had to do it, stepping outside of my comfort zone is hard. It’s just so much easier to stay complicit.
But while it might be easier, that doesn’t necessarily equate with satisfying.
As we enter into the last couple of months of this year, I see a lot of internal growth. Others might not, but I see it within my own thought processes. My willingness to step outside of those comfort zones to embrace something that might benefit me, strengthen me.
Some use November as a season of thankfulness. I’m using it as that as well, but I’m also trying to make that more of a daily exercise. Because my jaded heart often likes to focus on what is wrong, instead of what is right. On the pain of resistance, instead of the strength it’s building within me.
People don’t resist change, they resist being changed.