Struggle

Life is not cooking and computer games and Club Med. Life is a process of recognizing and trying to overcome challenges, of sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing. Nothing of any value, in business, in culture, in politics, in sports, or in any other field, was created without struggle. Struggle is what makes us human instead of animals. Einstein observed, “Well being and happiness never appeared to me as absolute aims. I am even inclined to compare such moral aims to the ambitions of a pig.”

Struggle is a fact of life, but not necessarily an unpleasant fact. We can get more fulfillments from struggling for a good cause beyond ourselves than living a life of strictly fun for ourselves. Struggle is not fun but it is better than fun. Those who welcome and enjoy it will get something out of life far more rewarding than those who do not. In rethinking our educational priorities, we must not forget is simple truth. Without the fires of challenge and competition, children will grow up un-tempered by struggle and soft in character, and later in life they will be ill-equipped to deal with its inevitable and often frightening trials. ~ Taken from Richard Nixon (Book: In the Arena)

Over the same sea, on the same winds; A ship sails in one direction, and other in opposite; It is not the wind that decides which direction the ship goes; It’s the sails, how they are tied and how they are maneuvered; Similarly it is not faith that decided where your life is going; It is all about how you take life and where you take it to. ~ Anonymous

What we are now is the result of our own past actions… so, decide how you have to act now to make your future… We have the power to make ourselves… We are responsible for what we are, whatever we wish ourselves to be – so choose wisely.

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~ by UTS on January 15, 2011.

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