Strain to Gain
“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I love. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It’s a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before gratitude handing it in to future generations.” - George Bernard Shaw
Heat and pressure privilege any lump of coal humble enough to admit its origins, patient enough to endure the struggle, and bold enough to blossom. Diamonds are borne of heat and pressure.
In the last few years, I’ve noticed that my most meaningful personal discoveries often emerge from the periods of greatest strain. Since determining that meaning produces my happiness, and strain (especially when coupled with reflection) produces meaning, I’ve concluded that strain leads to personal happiness.
-Strain doesn’t just come from “valleys” (the
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