My obsession with books began in my mid teens. Now my library is full of books. They are mainly autobiographies, personal development, health and wellness and a few other non-fiction types. Would you believe that some I am yet to read, and some I have read (or listened to by audiobook), time again.
There used to be significantly more however a number of years ago I gifted many, mainly textbooks, and held on to some of my all time favourites.
One of my ‘keepers’ is by M. Scott Peck entitled, “The Road less Traveled”. You may have heard about it as it has been around for some time and was quite thought provoking when first released.
What I remember most about this book is the first line of the first chapter. It says, “life is difficult”. “Uggh”, I thought, begrudgingly I read on. It reads, “This is the great truth, one of the great truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters”.
Growing up I had this naïve belief that everything in life was going to be rosy all of the time. At 7 years of age ‘life’ began to happen, it was tough, I felt pain and saw pain around me. In my teenage years I truly understood that first line; that life was in fact difficult.
Thankfully, since then, there is another equally powerful fact I have learned and that is to ‘know and believe that, life is beautiful’.
I personally also believe that what follows sadness is joy, what follows difficulty are opportunities, what follows grief is acceptance, what follows worry is usually relief, and what follows Monday is a great week, (if you decide)!
Knowing this, and putting it in to practice every day is the trick. I am the first to admit I need regular reminding that the key is daily repetition. Repetition of your habits, rituals, reading or listening to inspirational stories or whatever you do to remain on track, do it consistently and with gusto!
This is why the most common and effective strategy I share is to take, and live, one day at a time.
Don’t let a bad day turn in to a bad week, let go of the excuses, remember your ‘why’, recommit, do what you know works (i.e. your winning formula) and then simply go forth and do it.
Life is beautiful when we choose it to be.