In living, we often face the good and the bad. The pretty and the ugly. But it just seems easier to look the other way. Because to tell yourself that you must work to remove the bad from your life means doing something about it.
Too vague for you? I agree. Let’s get down in the mud.
Have you ever had a friend who on regular intervals makes you feel terrible about things? In fact, it has gone on for so long that it now feels natural to have them come up to you and comment on something. Do they say something that is hurtful and then justify it in their own twisted way?
Have you ever done something you know you shouldn’t do because it isn’t right? An activity, a habit or even your behaviour towards someone? It might make you feel better, superior even. But in your. heart, you know it’s wrong but no else is affected so it’s your call to make.
These are just two instances but I guarantee you, there are countless more that affect us all everyday. In fact, as I write this today, my mind flashes by everything I ignore to make things painless. It is only natural to not do things that are uncomfortable or even painful. Why take the rocky, twisty road up the jagged mountain when the straight grassy path to the gardens lies just beside it? Simply, because in your heart you know that rocky path is the right way to go. We might not want to confront a friend on their behaviour or want to fix our wrongs but in a way, we allow the worst to keep happening for the sake of convenience.
This is not a call to action to fix your life. Perhaps I am writing this to myself more than anyone else who reads it. But we can’t deny that in the end, we all need to face the music. Our inaction and our ignorance build up. Taking that easier road every time will inevitably lead both you and me to face that ugly monster we birthed by looking the other way every single time.
It will not be easy. It’s never easy. But it is important and it must be done. We can live with the discomfort long enough, that it begins to feel all natural. Or we can workout the kinks, crack the back and see the brighter tomorrow we’re all missing out on.