Can a tree that grows to a proud height
dispense with bad weather and storms?
Can I experience true growth
without misfortune and external resistance,
illness, estrangement, disappointment,
some kind of hatred, jealousy, stubbornness, mistrust, hardness,
The most fulfilling human experiences
seem inseparable from a degree of torment,
the sources of my greatest joys
lying awkwardly close to those of my greatest pains.
In the interval between initial failure
and subsequent success,
in the gap between who I wish one day to be
and who I am at present,
must come pain, anxiety, disappointment, and humiliation.
because I cannot spontaneously master
the ingredients of fulfillment.
Fulfillment does not come easily
and an erroneous belief that it can
would lead me to withdraw prematurely from challenges
that can be overcome
when I am prepared
for the challenges and disappointments
by almost everything valuable.