The Road Less Travelled

more difficult choices in life Do you ever take the road less travelled? Or do you always do what the majority of people do, because it is easier?

It is easier to read many books on meditation and even lecture about it than to actually develop a habit to meditate daily.

It is easier to write a book on compassion than to actually be compassionate. Of course it is not difficult to be compassionate to visitors for that one hour they stay at our place. But let’s try to be compassionate to the partner, when we come home from work totally tired and (s)he has forgotten it is our anniversary.

It is easier to preach to teenagers about a healthy life-style than to actually lead one. Words come out so much easier than tying the shoe-laces of our sports shoes and going to the forest to walk or run.

It is easy to hang out with somebody, who is healthy and can make ends meet. Surprisingly many do not have time to hang out with you once you fall seriously ill or go bankrupt. It is one thing to hang out and chat about unimportant issues. It is a totally different thing to listen to sad stories and try to light a flame of hope in somebody’s heart.

The more difficult choices in life take more time and energy. But they also yield more significant results. It feels a lot better to actually become relaxed through meditation than to just talk about it. Actual compassion instead of just talking about it brings a lot of warmth and inner peace into a relationship. And so on. You get the picture.

Take care,
Helena Smole, author of Balancing the Beast, a book offering a bright view of schizoaffective disorder ˗ bipolar or manic-depressive type

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