We talk about it - the proverbial constraint, the difficult or annoying hurdle that we must overcome in order to get to a better place.
But what is the hoop in actuality and what kind of hoops do we come by?
There are visible hoops - the obstacles that sometimes appear insurmountable, obstacles that we size up and conclude, at first glance: whoa, there is no way.
Each visible hoop, can be argued, has one, or perhaps a few invisible hoops tagged to it.
The recipe for success in approaching a hoop is to jump through the cohort of invisible hoops first since they are the hardest one to tackle:
- let go of our fears
- let go of past negative experiences
- accept that we can fail - trying in itself is a worthwhile exercise
- accept that we can only do our best
- limits are liberating (they teach us where the boundaries are)
Once the invisible hoops squared out, we can proceed to the next set of hoops - the physical, real ones.
The strategy for attacking visible hoops is either a set of previously learned techniques or a brand new and creative approach to jumping.
Either way, the hoop appears to be a transitional element, a flat land of opportunities and emerging routes.
Some excerpts from Corson's Inlet by A.R. Ammons that, in my opinion, render well the experience of jumping through any hoop:
"..the sum of these events
I cannot draw, the ledger I cannot keep, the accounting
beyond the account:
in nature there are few sharp lines: there are areas of
more or less dispersed;
disorderly orders of bayberry...
I have reached no conclusions, have erected no boundaries,
shutting out and shutting in, separating inside
from outside: I have
drawn no lines:
manifold events of sand
change the dune's shape that will not be the same shape
so I am willing to go along, to accept
thought, to stake off no beginnings or ends"