Hard Work Grows the Mind

A meditation on the value of mental work

Posted Sep 12, 2012

Mental strength—what I might call self-confidence—is developed through a combination of loving parental support and personal success in facing life’s difficulties.  We may idealize an easy life, but in reality it is of little use to us, even if it were possible.  We grow to feel more capable when we do difficult things, when we face life’s challenges rather than run away from them.  If we are protected from these sorts of challenges, we wither away.  If we are urged and equipped to face them, we become stronger. 

Anne Frank put it this way:  Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.

Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, Bhante Gunaratana, put it this way:

View all problems as challenges.
Look upon negativities that arise as opportunities to learn and to grow.
Don't run from them, condemn yourself, or bury your burden in saintly silence.
You have a problem? Great.
More grist for the mill. Rejoice, dive in, and investigate.

I couldn’t have said it better.

Copyright 2012 Jennifer Kunst, Ph.D.

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