text and photo © Jonathan Zap
Often it is our own inner resistance that is the toughest obstacle to overcome. Sometimes other people or forces are what most resist us making the change. Inner or outer forces may seek to defend the status quo and archetypally we call these forces “threshold guardians.”
The famous test pilot, Chuck Yeager was the first person to break the sound barrier flying the experimental X-1 in 1947. As he approached the sound barrier there were horrible vibrations that caused him to feel that the jet might be shaken to pieces. Then there was the loud boom as he broke the barrier, and then everything quieted down as he began cruising at the new hypersonic speed.
Summon your will to cross the great stream. As Shakespeare put it,
“There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”