Lee Ann Womack sang in her song “I hope you dance” a verse , “Never settle for the path of least resistance.”
Come on! Let’s be realistic! We humans, or anything in nature, settles for the path of least resistance. Look at a military strategy, the famed German Blitzkrieg, concentrates all the attacking resources on a single defensive position, presumably the weakest part. Take a natural disaster, does a tsunami roll over the highest ground, no, the energy released rolled over anything and everything that is weaker than the wave. Everything works for the path of least resistance.
If we really wanna truly live the life in the spirit of least resistance, we should all jump off a cliff. Well, even then we don’t, because, to die is hard work, to live, bitch and gripe about the government, weather, and everything under the sun, is the easiest thing to do, because we do it everyday, it comes like second nature to us.
Humans are no different, we are lazy people. But we confuse hardworking as the antagonist to laziness. People who are hardworking are the laziest lot, why? because being hardworking is not hard work for them, hardworking is the only thing they know how to do and is their most efficient skill. In short, to do nothing is hard work for working folks. And for the rest of the lazy folks? We work hard now so that we can have a lazy life later, it is still the path of least resistance.
The martial arts is the same thing, Aikido stereotypically uses our partner’s energy to our advantage. In Karate, striking techniques are aimed at the least armoured and defensible area of the body, all employing and embracing the principle of least resistance. Swordsmanship is the same thing, a Katana cuts the main arteries to ensure a kill. You don’t strike the sword blade against the skull, unless you really have to, but even then, steel on skull, the winner is also obvious right?
So do take the path of least resistance, well, then again, it is not really a choice isn’t it? We are already doing it without us knowing that we are doing it. What Ms Womack wants us to do, is to think about our path of least resistance. We will eventually settle for the path of least resistance, but is the path of least resistance we choose, unwittingly or wittingly, the path which will bring us the most success? We need to tie in our path of success with the path of least resistance. I guess the relatedness is obvious, if we are successful, our lives should be effortless, if we are straining so hard, working our ass off to make ends meet, then it is probably not the path of least resistance, then do something else, and not have an excuse for the sake of an excuse.
So don’t go all self justifying by saying oh, you’ve been hardworking. Get lazy! And see where the path of least resistance will take you.