Peach Pie and Web Design

May 31, 2017

Spoiler alert: this article is about career development.

It’s not always easy. That statement is for anything. In fact, it’s rarely easy — rarely easy for anything worth anything.

One of my favorite books, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, reminds me that, “Resistance obstructs movement only from a lower sphere to a higher. It kicks in when we seek to pursue a calling in the arts, launch an innovative enterprise, or evolve to a higher station morally, ethically, or spiritually. So if you’re in Calcutta working with the Mother Teresa Foundation and you’re thinking of bolting to launch a career in telemarketing. . . relax. Resistance will give you a free pass.”

“In other words, any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity. Or, expressed another way, any act that derives from our higher nature instead of our lower. Any of these will elicit Resistance.”

It’s not so peachy, but there is always an opportunity for peach pie.

Micah, What Are You Talking About?

Just last night, I received an email stating that I didn’t quite have the experience or polish to create templates for Webflow. And  I wholeheartedly agree — my portfolio isn’t strong, my examples aren’t standout, and there are few things that I have meticulously polished. Though I agree, I am no less disappointed.

With that said, I am hugely inspired by this opportunity. Earlier, we were talking about resistance, and how it works in one direction. Obstructing movement “only from a lower sphere to a higher.” Now, if becoming a part of the Webflow team wasn’t a part of my desire to be a stay at home father, to be a part of my children’s lives (whenever I have kids), my desire to have the opportunity to coach again and give back to kids in need, and my desire to be a part of a company/community that has many Christian values; then, it would be easy for me to become part of the Webflow team.

It’s Not So Peachy

And, that’s just my career goals. Let’s throw in the mix my relationship goals (God, wife, family, friends, church members, etc.), and my personal goals (health and fitness), and it can quickly turn into something not so peachy. I am never doing well at any of those things, but I know it’s rarely peachy — so let’s make peach pie. 

Peach pie is often made of all things peach. Good peaches, bad peaches, round peaches, and bruised peaches. But when the heat is turned on, and the peaches are allowed to cook, the end result is something tasty. Some instruction, a little heat, and we get a tasty delight.

It’s not so peachy, but there is always an opportunity for peach pie.