“We must be willing to fail and to appreciate the truth that often “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.” M Scott Peck
I am reading M. Scott Peck’s book “The Road Less Travelled” and have been impressed with his understanding of human nature.
As a Psychiatrist for many years, his experience working with different forms of mental health gave him insight into a common problem. He found the patients that did not recover overtime or sometimes at all, were the ones who were in denial that “Life is difficult” and at times, requires great effort. Once we see and know this great truth, we can transcend from it.
He writes about the choices we have to face as Adults when we realise the effect our upbringing has placed on our beliefs in life and the truth about who we are. Those who believe they can avoid these issues and pain from their past or pretend that it will go away, are the people who create the greatest obstacles and hardships in life.
Throughout his many consultations, he came to understand that a lot of us want life to be easy and want our problems to be solved quickly and found that moaning about the enormity of our problems and our burdens to others, is just another way to avoid the pain and avoid making changes.
He believes we transcend from these difficulties when we accept our responsiblity in the circle of life and take steps forward, changing the map we have been given, and create discipline in our lives to make good choices.
“Once suffering is completed accepted, it ceases in a sense to be suffering ” -M Scott Peck
These insights are not new for most of us and yet, when we accept the choices we need to make everyday, have the courage to become conscious of our patterns and beliefs, and practice disciplines that guide us and strengthen us, we can begin to see life differently and find the true meaning of our journey.