Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Handling pressure

Sometimes when travelling a path, we encounter opposition.  The opposition can be either external ("You're not doing that right!  Sorry, I don't have time to help you do it correctly...") or internal ("Is it time for bed yet?")

In either case, we can rest assured that feeling the pressure of that opposition is "part of the process."  While swimming in a choppy sea, it may be difficult to fight the crashing waves and gravity.  It requires much less effort to let go and to sink.  However, there is no pay received for death at sea, other than the dubious honor of being allowed to feed the creatures of the deep.  The only pay comes from persisting and winning against the elements, internal and external, that potentially deny us the opportunity to once again share a day in the sun with our friends, our family.

Again, I return to Chesterton, who said, "The principle is this: that in everything worth having, even in every pleasure, there is a point of pain or tedium that must be survived, so that the pleasure may revive and endure.  The joy of battle comes after the first fear of death; the joy of reading Virgil comes after the bore of learning him; the glow of the sea-bather comes after the icy shock of the sea bath; and the success of the marriage comes after the failure of the honeymoon."

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