"Don't pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one", Bruce Lee. Seems weird in what he is choosing to pray for. I mean who would want to have a difficult life? NO ONE! We all want a sweet cushy life! But then what do you think about a life where you are completely protected from threat? If there are no threats then you are safe and cushy, right? Wrong. Jordan Peterson said in a podcast that what happens in this scenario is you make yourself so weak that you basically paralyze yourself. You don't want pain, discomfort, or threats so you stay away from them at all costs. Sure you might be safe but you are basically an imprisoned rabbit in a hole. The answer is paradoxical in nature. You remove threats by facing threats. And the more threats you face the more protected you are. Think about every tough situation you've had. Win or lose, you grew from it. You became stronger. You gained tools to be able to not be taken for a ride again. And every time you encounter a threat or a tough situation, you grow, until you eventually outgrow any situation that will come your way. This may be a little theoretical in nature but how is it any different than the training you are doing each and every day in the gym? You come in and are given a task that you KNOW is going to be painful. Then there is the anxiety right before the 3-2-1-go, and finally the GO! Then you are off and you know EXACTLY what will happen and how bad it will feel. The pain starts to set in, but you keep going. The labored breathing, but you keep going. The exhausted muscles, but you keep going. Every day you come in, you get better, you get stronger, you become able to handle more and are able to push harder. In reality, this physical training carries straight over to regular life. Your body doesn't know the difference between stresses. It just knows stress. So do we want a painful life? No. But we can develop skills and abilities to handle more and more stress and threats until we will become so strong in ourselves that we feel confident going up against anything life will throw at us! Don't hide from discomfort. Embrace it and GROW!! :)
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