Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Price to Pay

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,
and violence?

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.

I suffer
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
 legitimately demanded
 by almost everything valuable.

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