“To Fly, We Have to Have Resistance”–Maya Lin

A few days ago, a fellow blogger that I follow on here posted a quote that I believe provides a perfect analogy for the magnitude of continual growth that we must be “willing” to consistently embrace in order to succeed. Undoubtedly, our emotional state is the greatest motivation or limitation to our success, because our emotions create our drive and foster the mental dialogue that inspires our decisions and choices. I believe the greatest road block for many of us is recognizing that we must adopt new habits and behaviours to “sustain” a positive emotional outlook. Hence success is essentially the consistent practice of emotional mindfulness, where passion is basically unconditional contentment during various circumstances. To become unlimited in our pursuits, we must first experience contentment unlimitedly in order to conceive the greatest amount of possibilities as desirable prospects. Because I love a good analogy, here is my personal interpretation of this inspirational quote:

“To fly, we have to have resistance”—Maya Lin

An object obtains lift by propelling itself against the resistance surrounding it and thus also requires the opposing forces to remain in flight. Similarly, our ability to excel in our pursuits entails the same duality of resistance, in that we will encounter unfavourable circumstances, where the opposing force to attaining our desires are the negative sentiments we experience when life outcomes undermine our emotional conditions of contentment (validation, perfection a, control, etc.,). Success demands that we ourselves resist making choices that stem from our negative dialogue of defeat and continually rise above unfavourable events and outcomes. We may feel demotivated when we are not performing as well as we anticipated (loss of validation) or feel frustrated when we don’t have all the resources to advance our platform (diminished control). The theory of flight encourages us not to surrender to our disappointment because opposing conditions are a necessary springboard for our growth if we are willing to imagine alternate possibilities. Advancing through these challenges may require pursuing choices that are not validating and accepting a prospect that is not entirely within our control, implying that we must first adopt behaviours that allow us to experience contentment without validation or control. The analogy of flight suggests that insisting solely on the possibilities within our emotional comforts entails moving with the direction of resistance, which undermines our ability to excel. Rather, we must foster unconditional contentment to adopt an unlimited outlook, which requires that we embrace unconditional love to discover contentment without limitations


Ini Anana

“Steeping joy, brewed with all that life has to offer”

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