Friday, September 02, 2011

Jumping through the hoops

The hoop.


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:

 Some examples:
  • 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
the becoming
thought, to stake off no beginnings or ends" 


Blasphemous Aesthete said...

The invisible hoops are implicit, and often never stated, but then as you said, the letting go, helps.

Blasphemous Aesthete

Irina M. said...

Thanks Anshul.

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