Yes, I know. Everyone heard a Borg when they read the headline, and no, I didn’t typo.
In the Star Trek Borg episodes, the line “Resistance is Futile” equates to Resistance is Without Meaning. As we know, and was answered in those much lauded Trekisodes, resistance to domination is never futile.
However, I have a different thought in mind:
Resistance is Futility
Futility here would mean a “waste of effort or time.” To put the thought in perspective, here is a quote from Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art:
“On the field of the self stand a knight and a dragon.
You are the knight.
Resistance is the dragon.”
- Steven Pressfield
Resistance, in this case, is the enemy. During times of transition, especially professional ones, it is easy to fall prey to this form of resistance.
It wants to encourage self-doubt. It wants to reinforce old bad habits. It wants to knock you down and keep kicking mud in your face until you cry for your mother and give up. Yep, six or sixty, you will still cry for your mother if you let Resistance win as bully.
Resistance is a dragon bent on devouring your dreams. It feasts on the sweet roasting smell of hope and desire. It wants everything you want, to never happen.
And now, I believe, we are all ready for the armor and sword.
As Pressfield illustrates, the dragon is not the only one on the field. There is also a Knight. That is you. Congratulations, you were just knighted *smile*
Traditional knights are:
Fearless. Facing any enemy regardless of a field bleak.
Dedicated to their craft. Without mastery of skills they are but crow meat.
Loyal to their chosen cause. Leading the charge with banner flowing high.
Resistance wants to eat the knight. His horse. And probably the pendant too.
But here is the thing, Resistance, dream-eating dragon, is only inside our heads.
Every day we wake up and have to decide what we want to do with the time granted us. We have thoughts, ideas, plans, goals, and a host of productive tasks begging to be on the days agenda. We might even have a moments hope of getting something accomplished.
And that, is when Resistance wakes up. Stomach growling. Ready to feast on our fresh vision. There are tasks to be done. Children to be laundered and clothes to be dressed *smile*
The random phone call intrudes. Facebook, say no more. Tweet much? Oh look, a game. A whatever catches the moment and steals away the productive plan.
You see, that is all Resistance wants. It is a dragon. But it is only a thief. It breathes the illusion of fire while picking your pocket with its tail.
Disney used to have a cute little purple dragon in one of the pavilions at Epcot, its name was Figment. Dragon = Figment of the Imagination. Still seems real though, doesn’t it?
The battle is new every day, but we are knights.
We win when we engage our plans.
When we pursue our dreams without fear.
When we do the work.
When we move with purpose.
Then, the dragon becomes the Figment it is, at least at that time on that day. And that, dear friends, is all that matters. Win every battle you can by pursuing your dreams.
Resistance to domination is never without meaning. Resistance does not have to be futility either – we win every time we face the dragon and say:
Step aside Wyrm, I’ve things to do. *smile*
Felt the impact of Resistance? Fought the battle and won? Lost? What is the most humorous trick Resistance has used (just one more episode of Ripper Street is mine)? I’d love to chat with you.