If I ask you, “What do you want out of life?” and you say something akin to, “I want to be happy and have a great family and a job I enjoy,” one could take this response as common and lacking depth of thought. I say this not because I’ve given this very same answer frequently, but because I know it reflects a lack of consideration and thoughtfulness on my part (i.e. laziness). Let’s face it, we all enjoy what feels good. We all want happy and prosperous lives. Everybody wants that. It’s easy to want that.
But a deeper question whose answer is more revealing is, “What is it that you are willing to struggle for?” The answer to this question actually has a profound impact on the outcome of our lives and the lives of those around us. Many people will say that they want the six-figure salary with a corner office and a park view; however, not many of us are willing to put in the 80 hour work week, long commutes and navigate a company hierarchy to obtain it. Many of us do not want the struggle or discomfort and end up settling for years of asking ourselves, “what if I had done…?” Granted, these are not the only factors that impact our life’s outcome but they certainly determine the path we take.
Being happy and content with who we are and where we are in life actually requires struggle. Real meaning and fulfillment have to be earned through our daily difficulties and the acceptance of problems that come with it. There is no real reward without struggle; life simply does not work that way. Our thoughts and our resulting actions determine the path of our lives.
Over the next few weeks, take some time to contemplate what it is that you are willing to struggle for. What is it that you are willing to endure discomfort/pain for? Hopefully, this leads you down a path of deep introspective thought and a necessary bit of soul searching.
I look forward to seeing you at lodge.
Sincerely & Fraternally Yours,