Difficulty On The One Hand, Ease On The Other

Posted: November 6, 2013 in Articles
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Everybody wants an easy life. I can’t think of anybody who would want a difficult life, but in reality, the difficult times in our lives are what gives us character. Therefore, hardships in life can actually be a positive thing, although it may not seem like it on the surface. A person who has led an easy and privileged life is not likely to have as much character as a person who has struggled through difficult times.

The problem is, nobody wants to have a hard life. I guess people have to decide if they would rather struggle and be a person of character, or if they would rather have an easy life and not have character.

Of course, sometimes hard times are impossible to avoid. For example, if a loved one dies, there isn’t too much you can do to avoid the hardship. On the other hand, there are also difficulties that you can avoid. The student who enrolled at West Point before Stonewall Jackson left the institution because the Spartan-like living conditions were too much for him. Understandably, he didn’t want to go through all the trouble and difficulty, so he backed out. Jackson almost immediately took his place and had a very hard time getting through the program at West Point. He worked through it, though, just like he worked through other difficulties that he was faced with. He lost his parents, his first wife, and a child. He faced major hurdles after he graduated from West Point when he obtained a teaching position at VMI. He even struggled when he had to pray in front of people. Because of the adversities that Jackson faced and because nothing came easy to him, he had a great character.

If you want good character, you are going to have to suffer. Now, before someone gets me, I am not saying that if you live through a lot of difficulties that you will necessarily have great character. People still do have a choice about what kind of person they want to be. But I guess I’m saying that if you live an easy life where you are never challenged as a human, I don’t think you will wind up being the envy of many people.

And that’s my story and I’m sticking to it unless someone can name a person who has lived a life of privilege and ease, but at the end of it all, had great character.

by Dink

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