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Daily Touch of Inspirations
October 28th: We were made for each other
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
Regardless of your age, if you expect living to be easier down the road, forget it.
What may come as a surprise is that life is difficult for everyone.
Your life won't be free of difficulty no matter how talented and how rich you become.
~ Ernie Zelinski
Life is tough- but then again, compared to what?
Unfortunately, when you arrived on this planet, no one gave you an instruction book on how to deal with life. In your early teens you were expecting life to be one big party once you got your act together as an adult. What a surprise! A few years after reaching adulthood and having to deal with the real world, you came to the realization that life is difficult. In this regard American philosopher George Santayana surmised,
Life's a breeze when you work as hard at simplifying it as you do at complicating it- Part 1
101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting: How to Make Your Life More Enjoyable Day-by-Day, Year-by-Year by Ernie Zelinski
Yes, life is tough.
We are all geniuses of history to focus on this single theme, they could never fully express their bafflement at the darkness of the human mind. No person would give up even an inch of their estate, and the slightest dispute with a neighbor can mean hell to pay; yet we easily let others encroach on our lives — worse, we often pave the way for those who will take it over. No person hands out their money to passersby, but to how many do each of us hand out our lives! We're tight-fisted with property and money, yet think too little of wasting time, the one thing about which we should all be the toughest misers.
— Epictetus, Discourses, 1.15.2 —