Category Archives: struggle

“We are fish in a bowl, dear. Very carefully monitored fish. Watched from all angles. If on of us floats to the top, it was not accidental. And if it was an accident, I worry that the watchers are not as careful as they should be.”

– The Night Circus by Erin  Morgenstern

All of life is a first. Even if you’ve done something before, you’ve never done it now, on this day, feeling this way, in these conditions, with these particular limitations and advantages. Let that awareness be grace. Let it be a peace that surpasses all understanding. Let it be the seed of kindness, toward yourself and everybody else. And let it be just enough to help you tolerate the discomfort of being fully alive.

– Dr. Kelly Flanagan, “The Most Important Choice You’ll Ever Make

Our minds try to protect us from any large or small change, including increased happiness – especially increased happiness. Our minds perceive even happiness as a threat to our accustomed struggle.

– SARK, Making Your Creative Dreams Real

“Having been born into the world, I had to find something to do.  But what that something was, I had no idea.  I stood paralyzed, alone and shut in by a fog, hoping that a single ray of sunlight would shine through to me, hoping more that I could turn a searchlight outward and find a lighted path ahead, however narrow.  But where I looked, there was only obscurity a formless blur.  I felt as if I had been sealed in a sack, unable to escape.  If only I had something sharp, I could tear a hole in the sack, I thought, struggling frantically, but no one handed me what I needed, nor could I find it for myself.  There was nothing for me to do but spend day after day in a pall of gloom that I concealed from others even as I kept asking myself, “What will become of me?” ”

– – Natume Soseki – – My Individualism

But you see, just because we’ve been…dealt a certain hand…it doesn’t mean that we can’t choose to rise above – to conquer the boundaries of a destiny that none of us wanted.

– Edward, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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