A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it. Jean de La Fontaine
If you can go through life without experiencing pain you probably haven’t been born yet. Neil Simon
The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. Muhammad Ali
It is often said that without pain there is no growth. The adage “No Pain, No Gain” is often quoted and used as an example of this belief. Most likely, it is more truth than not, meaning most of us must learn things the hard way. We have to experience the trials and tribulations of life. We sometimes have to experience misfortune before we gain an appreciation for all the good things for which we should be thankful.
Everyone must travel and experience the road of self-discovery. Our entire life could be described as the epic adventure of “Us” as we travel down life’s road to discover who and what we are. One choice each of us must make is the amount of effort and enthusiasm we put into the journey. There is a direct correlation between effort put forth and what we get from making the effort. Many, if not most of us, are somewhat asleep; or hiding inside our comfort zone as we travel life’s roads. We are not experiencing self discovery nearly as much as we could. Others are wide awake and fully engaged in the process. It can be said they are getting their money’s worth from their epic adventure. Some are somewhere in the middle. We may not wake up until we are well down the road. We will miss much of what we could have done or experienced. Hopefully, we wake up before the trip is over.
The ostrich sticking its head in the sand to avoid whatever threatens it portrays the idea of avoidance or escape. Many people try to avoid life or minimize their risks by keeping low profiles. Perhaps this strategy does affect and even minimizes the quantity and severity of trials and tribulations but it greatly minimizes the opportunity for adventure, growth, and self discovery. We cannot win the game of Life if we choose not to engage in it. We do get rewarded from Life in proportion to the effort we put into experiencing it.
Most will agree that Life is not a bed of roses. We do not appreciate things that come to easy. Self discovery follows along this very same vein. We have to use our muscles in order to strengthen them. We must choose to embrace life instead of trying to escape it. There is no such thing as getting something for nothing.
Challenge: What kind of attitude describes the manner in which you confront Life and its challenges? Do you step up, face it head on and give your best; or do you step back and try to avoid whatever stands in front of you. Avoiding your challenges may keep you from getting bumps, bruises and skinned knees, but it will cost you by preventing you from becoming the person you are capable of becoming. Discover the self you are meant to be.
Wisdom: Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality. Erich Fromm
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
The Bible says we do not see nor do we understand all that there is about this life. We only see and experience “a drop in the bucket” of all there is. It also says we will have much more revealed and have a much greater understanding after this life has ended. God has a plan for each of us. We are his children. It stands to reason he wants us to fully experience Life. When we start following his guidance and advice we will really start to grow.
Prayer: Help me to overcome my selfish ways and to learn to have a more loving attitude.