I’ve seen more people held back, including myself, by comfort zones, fall-backs, excuses, and hedges than I have from adversity, failure, challenges, and suffering. We want more of the things that prevent success, avoid the things that spur success, then wonder why we haven’t achieved more. And we place these on our children and wonder why they become weak.
It is not the comfortable who change the world. It’s the passionate. And there’s nothing comfortable about passion. It is attractive, it is powerful, but it’s not comfortable.
It is those who fail forward who progress. Those who fall back will regress – obviously. Why then is it wise to always need a fall back? Why is it unwise to dare?
It is those who stay challenged, who are dissatisfied with the present and stretch themselves to grow who actually wake up to a better tomorrow, not those who have found every reason to feel ok about failing to become the person they know in their hearts they can be and should be. That is an excuse after all, a reason to be nothing more.
And it is those who face suffering bravely who find dignity. We don’t need to have a lot of money to have dignity. We can have overflowing souls. We don’t need fame or external appreciation to have dignity. We can be self-motivated and self-controlled. And we don’t need to be comfortable to have dignity. We can be among those who understand that the most dignified life, the most honorable life, the most fitting life, is one spent on unselfish service and excellent giving of ourselves, for that is the way of love.