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The Greatest Truth

It seems that I seldom have a complete day or even a complete weekend to myself. In the last 9 months I’ve had approximately two, maybe three, full weekends to do what I would like with. Every other has had some kind of commitment filling it up. I’m not saying that I had no option but to do these things, but I am saying that it would have been foolish to have ‘got out’ of these things.

Do you realise how that feels? You don’t appreciate how lucky some of you are to actually feel bored on a weekend – I didn’t until now! Being bored is something to treasure as one day you too will be busy and forget what being bored feels like. I would just like the opportunity to be bored so that instead I could sit down and read a book, waste some time on the Internet, play a game or maybe, just maybe, have a lie-in.

I’m not going to say I’m not complaining, because I am! You have to realise though that I’m not the type to throw myself on my sword when things get a bit hard. Instead, certain things have turned me into one of those “it could be worse” kind of people that you all hate.

Here’s a quote from a great book:

Life is difficult.

This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.

Most do not fully see this truth that life is difficult. Instead they moan more or less incessantly, noisily or subtly, about the enormity of their problems, their burdens, and their difficulties as if life were generally easy, as if life should be easy. They voice their belief, noisily or subtly, that their difficulties represent a unique kind of affliction that should not be and that has somehow been especially visited upon them, or else upon their families, their tribe, their class, their nation, their race or even their species, and not upon others. I know about this moaning because I have done my share.

Life is a series of problems. Do we want to moan about them or solve them? Do we want to teach our children to solve them?

Discipline is the basic set of tools we require to solve life’s problems. Without discipline we can solve nothing. With only some discipline we can solve only some problems. With total discipline we can solve all problems.

- M . Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled