Easy Or Destiny?
A very common idea is short term pleasure vs. long term pleasure.
This idea pops up all over the place.
In stories, in movies, and unfortunately, in modern life.
A great (and tragic) example is the idea of YOLO.
Or, “you only live once.”
This is a tragedy unto itself.
It is absolutely true that you only live once.
But why, specifically, does this mean sacrifice long term pleasure for short term pleasure?
Let’s say you do only live once.
And let’s say there is a deep purpose for everybody’s life.
And let’s further imagine that part of your purpose is to first discover your own, unique purpose.
And it’s completely up to everybody to choose their own purpose.
And once chosen, to live your purpose as powerfully as possible.
And let’s look at two people.
Both choose to create as much pleasure as possible during their lives.
But the first person only decides to experience short term pleasure.
Delicious food, sex, short term thrills.
The second person decides on long term pleasure.
This person sacrifices short term pleasure for longer term pleasure.
In fact, this second person doesn’t really have very much pleasure in the first half of their lives.
They are busy building the path TO their purpose.
And as they older, later in life, they look back at all the things they’ve accomplished.
And that gives them a FANTASTIC experience.
They look back after creating something magnificent.
An empire, a string of best selling novels, a few very powerful artistic expressions.
A legacy to be remembered for generations.
And all the “grinding” it took to get there was worth every second.
How does this compare to the first person?
They only experienced short term thrills.
They’ll look back over their life and have some fond memories.
But there’s something missing.
They haven’t really accomplished anything.
They haven’t left any legacies.
They won’t be remembered.
Both set out to live their purpose by creating as much pleasure as possible.
Both went after it in different ways.
Which do you think would have a better “death bed” experience?
Of slowly lying there, looking back over their lives as they reflected on their past.
Or imagine having to meet their maker.
How’d You Do?
And haven been given a precious existence as a living, breathing human with massive potential, they must give a reckoning.
Which would be “judged” by how they spent their lives.
Everybody can achieve short term pleasure.
Sleep late, eat fast food, play it safe, etc.
Very, very few can achieve greatness.
And it’s fraught with unexpected danger.
One way to think about this as two potential paths of life.
There is the easy path.
Easy And Safe
That leads nowhere.
Then there is the right path.
The path of purpose and greatness.
This creates and easy way to live life.
That is, if you want to achieve something fantastic.
Look at any choice.
Any fork on the road.
Take the path that seems the most difficult.
That is the path to destiny.
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