Can Suffering Heal the Soul?
Do things that make you happy … right?
But do you think that should always be the case? I guess it depends how you define “happy”. If you ask me, I prefer to alter the statement altogether to say, “do things that make you happy in the long run“. Or, “do things that are good for your soul.”
Let me explain why:
Think about the last time you lied to yourself. To be clear here, I am talking about “feel-good lies”. You know, the lies that make you feel more successful or more caring or more positive in any sense, than you actually are… Why did you tell that lie? Did it make you happy? Did you recieve that incremental spike in your ego you were hoping for?
I find lying quite interesting. Even the most honest people I know sneak a feel-good lie into conversation every now and again. However, I think the explanation for lying is not as complicated as it seems.
There’s a comfort in lying.
But if you know anything about my blog, you’ll know that comfort is of zero advantage to personal development. If we bypass the comfort in lying and, instead, embrace the suffering, the obstacles in our personal development paths will be minimized. If we learn to swallow the difficult truth, we can actually spend time figuring out why exactly the truth hurts.
The truth might hurt or it might not be as lavish as we’d like. But the truth is never an obstacle.
Think about these would-be lies:
“I can’t lose weight no matter how hard I try. My weight is purely genetic.”
“My Instagram content is amazing but my account isn’t growing because of the algorithm.”
“I am innocent in this argument. I never gossip or talk behind peoples’ backs.”
There’s a pattern there.
It’s called lack of accountability.
To start taking accountability, we need to stop telling ourselves lies and start analyzing occurrences objectively. If you want to lose weight but it seems your attempts aren’t effective, start writing down EVERYTHING you eat and EVERYTIME you are active.
If you want to grow your Instagram account but it seems your daily posts aren’t doing the job, start RESEARCHING social media marketing and get to KNOW the Instagram algorithm.
If you start analyzing your routines objectively, you can determine what parts of your routines need to change. Or, you can determine whether you need a new routine altogether.
Alternatively, if you continuing puffing-up your ego with lies, you’ll remain exactly where you are in life. You won’t grow. You won’t change. You won’t learn.
So ladies and gents, let’s seriously cut the bulls*** and start taking accountability for our decisions.
Let’s start taking the blame for things that are our fault. Let’s start embracing the shitty truth. Let’s start remaining objective in our criticisms.
Lying and excuse-making are easy jobs. Putting in work is hard.
So instead of crafting false tales or exaggerating the truth for short term pleasure, let’s embrace the suffering to achieve happiness in the long run.
And one last thing for today:
Remember this sentence from the beginning of my post? “Even the most honest people I know sneak a feel-good lie into conversation every now and again.”
… Who did you think of when you read it?
Remember, there’s always ALWAYS room for personal development.
Have a happy and productive Monday ❤✌
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