While working on a post titled “Emotional Immunity” as part of the Blogging Mindset series on The Art of Blogging, I came to the conclusion that even though a post on blogging, the main advice can be applied to every single aspect of life: online and offline, the real or the imagined.
Most people wish for safety and comfort, and they wish their lives away. The more they want comfort, the more discomfort they seem to get. In fact, it is their minds that grow bitter, weak, frail.
Luck, karma, whatever…
Strong people believe that they make their own luck. The harder they work, the luckier they get.
They think otherwise.
Outside factors don’t matter. They are beyond one’s control anyway. Why think of them? Why hope the tides of fortune turn, when you yourself have done nothing to prepare for such an eventuality?
Luck is such a relative term, and always dependant on one’s perception.
The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.
If you are panicky about money, no matter how much you have, you’ll always feel like not having enough. In fact, the more you’ll have, the worse you’ll feel because you have more to lose now.
We go up, we go down, that is the way of the universe.
And we must never, ever fight against this, or try to imagine into existence a time or place when this rule does not apply anymore, because such a thing does not exist.
The lottery winner loses all his has gained because he did not have the emotional resilience to not be overwhelmed by his vast wealth.
As the saying goes, no sleep is worth a damn unless it’s earned.
What you fight for tends to last.
Also, the terrible cliche of “easy come, easy go.”
I do not advice you to wish for struggle, but that you should merely embrace it when it comes your way. And that you must understand the following aspect of living: if you do what is hard, your life will be easy. Do what is easy, and your life will be hard.
Embrace struggles as their own breed of opportunities.
As Marcus Aurelius so eloquently put it, the obstacle is the way. More often than you’d think.