The Lightness of Being

It is said and believed by many that nothing worth having comes easy. In fact, 26th President of the United States, Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” In a way, I agree with Teddy. The greatest things in life do require hard work, discipline, perseverance, talent, resilience, and other noble human character traits. But in another respect, I disagree.

There is a lightness to life that the highest level of people adopt. They live life effortlessly. That does not mean that they do not have discipline or that they do not work hard. It just means that they enjoy the process. They laugh at their mistakes. They change what they can and accept what they cannot. They embrace the blood and sweat of their labors, waking up and racing toward the challenges of the day.

No one can wake up and choose to suffer over and over again for their whole life, and even if they could, who would want to? Some will argue that pain is the price of greatness, but I argue that your journey to greatness must be enjoyable, otherwise, what is the point?

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