The path of least resistance has, more of late, been about getting out of your own way, about following the energy of 'yes'. Yes being a warm, lite up sensation you feel when on the 'right' track. I like that version in my headspace. Seems an easy concept though often is not so readily achieved.
A book by Brendon Burchard (great romp by the way!) called 'Life's Golden Ticket A Story about Life's Second Chances' shared a different idea about least resistance. One that struck me in my gut. Quote "In life, the path of least resistance is always silence." Immediately! I knew this one. It is a path I have chosen often. Not expressing my thoughts and feelings (oh there's a ton of excuses here!), means I don't have to deal with other's reactions to it - you know the big hairy ugly ones I am SURE will happen. So I'm 'safe', not vulnerable. Liked and still belong versus rejected. Yes and yes and yes I heard my inside voice say as I read this passage. This has been a way of making my way around difficult situation. Don't be 'difficult' myself. A lesson learned well as a kid. Then there's the mental high road, ..... 'This isn't about me.' 'I can't add anything of value here.' 'Someone must be having a bad day.' 'I'll speak to this later when things have cooled down.' And it rarely happens.
This whole idea that silence is the path of least resistance gave my 'truth-telling' ambitions a kick in the pants. In getting sidelined on what IS my truth, I just keep quiet. 'I'll tell it when I know what it is' I say to myself. So nothing happens, little changes and I have yet again betrayed my inner voice - the one that says speak up, this isn't right.
So now I am catching myself in action. Stepping up, speaking up more often. Small things that I feel strongly about. Funny as I do I notice I have a bit more energy, a lightness in those moments. Takes a lot of energy to keep silent.
Where are you taking the path of least resistance in your life?