A Programmer’s invisible resistance

Programmer Invisible Resistance

I’m sure as computer programmers you’ve felt resistance before.

“Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.” — Steven Pressfield

The nagging feeling to sweep that minor bug under the rug.

The urge to do even more technical research.

The feeling that you’ve chosen the wrong programing language.

The nerves before your next meeting.

The victim mentality that creeps up after a critical code review.

The desire to refactor code you’ve just written instead of moving on to the next problem.

I’ve felt all these types of resistance and many more. Sometimes the resistance still gets to me. Still brings me down.

I try to remind myself how fortunate I truly am. How fortunate we all are to have another moment of time. No matter how short it is.

“Friends sometimes ask, ‘Don’t you get lonely sitting by yourself all day?’ At first it seemed odd to hear myself answer No. Then I realized that I was not alone I was in the book; I was with the characters. I was with my Self.”  — Steven Pressfield, the War of Art

To that I would only change, I was in the code; I was with the algorithms.


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