I receive quotes from Runner’s World via e-mail every day. And the other day I received one that made me think, I have to share this on my blog!
“Most people never get there. They’re afraid or unwilling to demand enough of themselves and take the easy road, the path of least resistance. But struggling and suffering, as I now saw it, were the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not constantly demanding more from yourself—expanding and learning as you go—you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.” —Dean Karnazes
Think about it.
Most people want to take the “easy” road in life. They want to do what makes them feel comfortable. When things don’t go their way, they shout that it’s not fair. BUT at the same time those people usually seem miserable, at the very least not satisfied with life. They have no real joy.
Where does real joy come from? A favorite TV show? Fast food? Shopping? Relaxing? Puppies? Kittens?
Or is it something deeper? Discovery? Accomplishment? Giving? Learning? Loving?
I believe it is something deeper still: a relationship with God.
I could go on and on about why I believe true joy can only be found with God, but to tie back to Karno’s quote….with God we gain confidence in accomplishing the impossible. The demands, resistance, struggle, and suffering become surmountable, even worthwhile.
The sentence that pops out to me is, “But struggling and suffering…were the essence of a life worth living.”
Have you heard the idea that if there are no conflicts in a marriage, the couple is not in love? The more one invests in a marriage the greater the chance of conflict, because people are making themselves vulnerable. At the same time, the more one invests in a marriage the greater that marriage will become.
The same goes for life. The more one invests in life, the greater the chance of struggle and suffering. At the same time, the greater one’s life will be.
Are you denying yourself an extraordinary trip?