It’s February and maybe a few of you, like me, are having a hard time sticking with the resolutions you made less than six weeks ago. Let’s face it, we resolve to do certain things for one reason: we don’t want to do them. Why? Often because we perceive that they’ll be difficult, challenging—just plain hard. So hard, we might fail.
And if we’re going to fail in the end, well, what’s the point, right?
So it’s no surprise when I hear the running joke, “Where’s the Easy button?” Or when I see commercials for diet plans or workout tapes with claims of how little I need to try in order to succeed with this or that product. “Only ten minutes a day to a new shape!” or “No need to count calories or think about nutrition—these meals have just what you need!”
Our electronics now feature apps to make everything instant and simple. Thank heavens I don’t have to know how to configure anything to make them work. Just click a button and apps download and install on their own. Now I don’t need a map or have to remember anyone’s telephone number or go outside to check the temperature. Easy.
Which makes facing up and doing the hard stuff that much harder. Much easier to avoid it. Avoid it long enough and maybe it will just go away. Ignore it and just run with the status quo. I have to fight that natural tendency in myself. And one weapon I use in that battle is books.
The heroes and heroines in books rarely do things the easy way. They don’t settle for the status quo. They resolve to do something and despite any adversity, they get the job done. So to help me stay on track with my resolution to get more exercise, I’m going to delve into my To Be Read pile and start reading. I’ve got a collection of Truman Capote short stories that’ll be great—on the exercycle. Oh yeah…
When facing a problem, do you find you long for an easy solution? Or are you one who confronts and does the hard things? Who was the last character who moved you to cheers or tears when s/he conquered something that was hard?