“Don Juan assured me that in order to accomplish the feat of making myself miserable I had to work in the most intense fashion, and that it was absurd. I had now realized I could work just the same in making myself complete and strong. “The trick is in what one emphasizes,” he said. “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda …..
It seems like it would be a simple concept for us to grasp: “we either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.” Both require the same amount of effort on our part, yet the results of each could not be further opposites. If we make ourselves miserable, we allow circumstances and outside forces to determine much of how we feel and how we act. But if we work just as hard at making ourselves strong, and building ourselves up, we take control of our lives–we make the best of each situation and determine our perception of life and our perception of our self.
Rising above misery can be a hard task to overcome throughout our lives. For life is difficult, and it does require a certain amount of focus and effort on our part to find acceptance in the face of misery, and to learn from it. Yet there it is, in the form of personal growth, a means to overcoming the misery in our lives, a clear-cut way to define ourselves as stronger individuals.
Life goes on no matter how we react to it. It flows. It moves. It changes. And part of our task here on Earth is to establish ourselves as safe harbors of refuge in the storms of life–both for ourselves and for others in our lives.
Take some time to build yourself up continuously, so that you may become stronger, always striving to live a life of principle.
Questions to consider:
Why do we so often let misery get the best of us?
Why do we sometimes put so much effort into our misery?
How can we define and determine our own happiness in life?
For further thought:
“Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove.” – Jeremy Bentham