This is where I turn the spotlight onto you.
How often do you do what’s convenient instead of what’s meaningful and true for you?
Doing what you think others want you to do, or doing what you feel will get immediate gratification, doesn’t provide a whole lot of nourishment for your body and soul. It ends up feeling empty, much like I felt when I let others’ cries for attention dictate my own.
I am no expert on following the harder path. I only know what I’ve learned from others–and what I’ve discovered has worked for me.
For instance, when I write, I feel productive.
When I sit down to put my thoughts down on paper or the computer screen, I have to actually consider what I want to say. I have to group my arguments into some kind of coherent structure. And this has great benefits.
It makes me analyze what I believe about what the world. It forces me to be thoughtful and convincing. Writing is as much a process of thinking as it is getting words the words out there.
Speaking of words, how often do we share our words in ways that don’t actually carry the weight of what we want to say? It’s difficult to convey strong emotions over a text message or a comment on social media.
The harder path would be having a conversation on the phone or in person.
Because the harder path is the way of skill development.
This is the case because when we talk with someone on the phone or face-to-face, we get feedback in the moment. We can pick up the tone and inflection of the other person’s voice. We can use context clues to learn about how they are feeling. And we do all this so we can respond in kind.
We lose so much context when we communicate via the easier path, whatever easy path that may be.