Sunday, March 16, 2014

Redefining Our Line

Redefining Our Line

Do we feel “right at home?” To be where we are and remain here, is to live around the line of least resistance, or so we might believe. But is our place at this line really easy? 

It's familiar, yes. On many levels, even comforting, because it's what we know. But is it easy when you consider all we sacrifice in its maintenance? 

Our identity, our social interactions and our inter-personal relationships all lean heavily against us wandering too far from the line we've called home. And when we decide to change, moving away from this place can be scary. 

We gradually realize the potential effects of this liberation from what is known, transforms much more than what's on the surface; our bodies and wardrobes. 

Is it easy at this line or have we simply become accustomed to adapting as needed to accommodate and preserve our place? 

When we regain, is it in part a subconscious retreat to familiar surroundings? 

In my opinion, the heart of the matter lies in what we choose to find and maintain a semblance of comfort and peace. And what we choose often lies to us in its promise. Excess food, or excess anything, might keep us “safe,” but it doesn't make anything easy and it doesn't fix anything. 

To choose change is brave, requiring large amounts of faith and commitment. Change isn't hard simply because it's different, it's just not familiar. The only way it becomes familiar is through practice. 

We redefine our line. 

And along the way we find ourselves transforming in ways we didn't expect. The line of least resistance isn't easy to maintain. It is familiar and that provides an illusion of ease. 

Perhaps it isn't the line of least resistance—maybe it's the line of familiarity. 

And if we can embrace the changes we desire long enough to become familiar and understanding, then perhaps we can change the base line we call home.

Peace and strength,


  1. See the habits of Thomas Jefferson:
    Cimarron Bill

  2. Sean,
    I am thinking about you and wondering how you are doing. I re-defined my line by crashing to the bottom in February and right now I am 39 days free. Now instead of having a line that equaled "I'll sink this far but no further," my line is indelible and clear. It has taken me seven years but finally, I got it.

    Let me know how you are.

  3. Hope you are doing okay and too busy to let us know how you are doing.

  4. As you are redefining your line, please know we all want to hear from you. It doesn't matter where you are or what your weight is; we all want to hear from you. It doesn't need to be profound; we all want to hear from you. As you learn to be in the moment and mindful of your habits; we all want to hear from you. I wish you well and I'm looking forward to your next post.


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