I recently heard someone say:
”If you want something in this world, you have to fight for it!”
Fight? Really? I find this concept to be bunk. I have seen and been one of those struggling, impassioned wannabes, who try to force the universe to give over its treasures. The struggle left me with nothing but debt. I have seen it happen to others, also.
Wealth, enlightenment, love, freedom, or any of the ‘fascinations’ that we feel have been denied us are not what we will appreciate if we had to fight for them.
It is possible to enjoy the fight and take solace in the fact that you ‘won’ your fight. But the ‘treasure’ will never be enough.
What we think we fight for is there and sometimes we have to train our physical, mental, or spiritual muscle and reflexes to a point being able to accept it. But, if you battle the Universe, it will win.
The effort for effort's sake can be satisfying. But effort is not infinitely sustainable. When we can let go and just ‘do’, sometimes unconsciously or playfully, we are stronger.
Possibly we must train ourselves to receive what we desire. But fighting for things is ultimately self-defeating.
“Only through practice and more practice, until you can do something without conscious effort.”
― Joe Hyams, Zen in the Martial Arts
This water, the softest substance in the world, which could be contained in the smallest jar, only seemed weak. In reality, it could penetrate the hardest substance in the world. That was it! I wanted to be like the nature of water. ~ Bruce Lee
Thank you for reading
~Dana Sanford 2019