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Not the fruit of experience but experience itself, is the end.
-- Walter Pater
 

 

Monday, December 13, 2021

What’s easy

It’s easy to demonize those who disagree with you. It’s better to work at finding common ground so you can cooperate and create real value.

It’s easy to blame your troubles on someone else or something outside your control. It’s better to envision a way forward and to put your vision into action.

It’s easy to construct fantasies about the world that assuage your feelings. It’s better to deal with the facts as they are, no matter how challenging that may be.

It’s easy to come up with lots of excuses for delaying or avoiding what must be done, and to hope against hope that things will improve anyway. It’s better to give time, attention, and focused, effective effort to your hopes and to bring about improvements in your world.

Life is difficult, and the way to make it even more so is by seeking to deny or avoid the difficulties. Life is difficult, yet by meeting its demands with positive purpose and diligence, you can fill life with meaning, joy, and goodness.

What’s easy is not what makes life good. You deserve, and your world deserves, for you to do what makes life good.

— Ralph Marston

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