Who Said Life Was Easy?

I’m not exactly sure when people started becoming so sensitive, or when they began expecting life to be without offenses or struggles. Children believe they should be allowed to do whatever they want, whenever they want; adults are under the delusion life should be replete with happiness and material possessions (what’s a budget?); and everyone has developed a sense of entitlement.

Well, I have two pieces of information it would behoove you to learn: (1) life is not meant to be easy, (2) and nobody owes you anything.

Life is a process . . . and just being a human being is difficult. You have to deal with sickness, pain, suffering, financial responsibility, etc. Moreover, you will have times when you’re rejected by someone, offended, slandered without cause, left out, or criticized for your mistakes. Get used to it; it’s unavoidable. Also, individuals with strong convictions will struggle to maintain those beliefs—just ask any Christian.

If you need further examples, how many times have you simultaneously loved someone and been annoyed by them? Dealing with the guilt from those mixed emotions is challenging. Or have you ever wanted to change a situation but realized you didn’t have the ability? That is a truly humbling experience.

However, all of these difficulties come with opportunities to learn and grow. After all, you cannot master patience without practicing being patient. You’ll never develop strength without first enduring the stress. And success usually follows many, many failures.

So, toughen up and relish the beautiful process of life.

And I’ll leave you with a quote from Bruce Lee: “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

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