Something you’ve been dreading for very long time has to be done today. Tomorrow is too late. How does that feel?
And then when you’ve finally done whatever needed to be done, you look back at the experience and realize: “Oh my! It really wasn’t that terrifying to do. In fact, it was quite easy and pleasant…”
Has this ever happened to you?
It has happened to me for sure – countless times.
That is why I love this quote by Seneca.
It points at a truth that I think very few of us are aware of.
When faced with an action which needs to be accomplished, we observe this action.
In this moment of observation we bring our own past experiences, identity and preferences into the mix.
Then, in the next moment we have attached all sorts of associations, feelings, and thoughts to this task – and it has become an obstacle that we fear.
It can of course be that we have made it into a dance on roses (and not an obstacle), but my guess is that that is not always the case.
Which is why it is wonderful with quotes such as Seneca’s.
Armed with these words of wisdom we can, over time – through a mix of meditation and bravery – get better at daring more with less friction.
This kind of frictionless action is then achieved when we allow ourselves to let go and be mindful of the moment – just acting without overthinking, and observing without judging.
Do you have a list of things that needs done but you’ve put off for a while?
Then why not start practicing today!
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
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