The Climb


Getting a thing done is easy: do until its’ done.

It requires patience, persistence and determination and even collaboration depending on the size of the project. If we are however long enough persistent, anything can be accomplished.

Today I asked myself a question: what keeps us from persisting? This question I couldn’t answer.

However slightly more personal “what keeps me from persisting?” I could.

Answer was suffering.

I would rather not suffer, I would rather be comfortable and feel nice than to get the something done, from which is no guarantee to be completed.

While the slow climb up might be tough, at least I am moving up. Falling down might feel comfortable for a while, until I hit the rock bottom.

 “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”― Bruce Lee

In my life the both professional work and creative efforts are challenging me, sometimes I feel adversity, even suffering. I try to think of it as bliss, because adversity and challenge makes me stronger. Through adversity, we become conditioned to the difficult climb and eventually as we reach top, we forget how strong we’ve become on the way. Gravity has crushed many on the way, but only those we are willing to endure the difficult long enough persisted.

The climb is not easy, air gets thinner, slope gets icy, winds grow strong and climb gets slower.

Yet what does remain? The process: process of moving up, no matter how slow. I know as long as this process is going on, I will be climbing up.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
― Calvin Coolidge

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