My wife and I sometimes wonder aloud why life isn’t easier. Why does it have to be so hard? Just when things are running smoothly, family is healthy, jobs are secure, no major repairs needed on cars and home, the tranquility and ease is shattered by some major problem.
Time, energy, lots of anguish, and the problem is either surmounted or we adjust to it. Ah, life is back to normal again and things smooth out a bit, though never quite the same. But then another trouble comes and the cycle repeats. Does everyone’s life follow this pattern?
Yes, I believe so. Some have more serious problems than others, some have learned to manage the problem-facing/resolution cycle more gracefully than others, but we all have problems. Life was not designed to be problem free, nor was it supposed to be fair. It is what it is. Take it or leave it.
My post, The Four A’s of an Easier Life: Accept, Allow, Adapt, Adopt, captured my philosophy on easing life. One might summarize
my philosophy of living this way: set life intentions, accept what comes along, work to shape what happens as positively as possible, learn from others, and repeat. Easier said then done, but that’s another story.
Why Life Is Hard
James Clear, a wonderful author who writes well thought out and researched articles on personal development, recently posted an article that offers an interesting view on why life is so challenging. I highly recommend reading it in its entirety.
For those looking for a quick summary, this is my view:
Everything in the universe is moving, constantly changing, growing, dying, morphing into something different. The scientific term is entropy. With every particle of life changing, the odds that the changes will result in something problem free are infinitesimally small.
Clear offers this example. A person is composed of billions of molecules. The odds that the summation of each of these billions going through changes while still resulting in a healthy, happy, problem-free person are infinitesimally small. As we age this pattern is clear. The worry free, fully functioning body of the thirty-year-old me doesn’t function like it used to. Though I’m very healthy for my age, for my age is the operative phrase. Nothing works as well as it once did and recovery from problems takes longer.
The Purpose of Life
That’s just the way it is, and apparently is the way it was designed to be. Is this the purpose of life, to use your energy and creativity to restore order to your life? I like to think there’s more to life purpose than that. One thing I’ve learned for sure. Change is constant, Nature is messy, life is full of challenges (and always will be), and it takes energy and effort to keep my life “on track.”
James Clear article: Entropy: Why Life Always Seems to Get More Complicated
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