Contrary to popular belief, we do not want a life of ease.
We do not want a clear path to unfold before us.
(where's the fun in that?)
If there was only one option, It would make things simple, but it would make things boring.
The more choices you have the better; and even if you cannot see any, pretend that they are there.
Your imagination just might create reality.
Discipline = Freedom
Ripping off the band aid.
Not putting off until tomorrow what you can do today.
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Slow and steady wins the race.
What objectively looks like a terrible situation can result in positive outcomes if you use it to your benefit.
The worst thing to do is to not do.
'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
You might not be battling Kipchoge for the world record in the marathon...
...but leave the records for Kipchoge.
If you go the whole distance in training from the first hard fought and painful mile to running the full 26.2 miles in front of your fellow citizens spurring you on in your local race,
...what one hell of a journey.
I do not know what your obligations are in life, or even your likes, but in whatever you do:
Go the extra mile.
Try and name the most perfect human being who ever lived.
Who ya’ got?
Probably you would choose a religious figure such as Jesus or Buddha.
Perhaps if you are more secularly inclined, you might choose a particularly saintly or virtuous individual such as Mother Teresa or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
What makes these people “perfect” in your eyes?
They embodied love:
But it is still perfectly acceptable to note these individuals’ “flaws” wherever they may lie.
We all have flaws.
We all can see others’ flaws as well, but we especially and quite intimately know our own.
The good thing about when we see those things that we do not like in ourselves and give us problems, those are the exact indications that give us the impetus to change.
No one is born perfect, but that does not mean there is no such thing as perfection.
We must do what we can to strive for perfection in our lives as much as possible.
Do the right thing…
...anything else but, is hardly an option.
It tends to be very difficult to do certain things in life.
What are these things?
Well...I certainly don’t have to tell you about waking up at the crack of dawn to go to a stressful work environment.
I don’t have to tell you about realizing that your health is suffering and undergoing a strict diet and exercise plan.
I don’t have to tell you about taking the hardest course of your life and struggling to make the grade.
The question now is why do we do these things?
They are quite literally and objectively terrible, as they involve restriction, suffering, anxiety, fear, worry, hope…
...yet we do them anyway.
Is it that we have a fetish for self-flagellation?
There is certainly no evidence for that; but it is quite clear what we want:
We as humans are not pleasure seekers, contrary to popular belief.
The greatest good is not to provide ourselves with permanent happiness.
We value what we obtain in the aftermath of the struggle:
But even if you don’t get these things after reaching the summit of that mountain after the long trek up…
...at least you can say that you climbed.