Do things that make your life easier necessarily make it better? Or... do we need to systematically put obstacles in our lives to make them "harder" in order to grow? Hmmm... Something to think about.
Is An Easy Life Better?
Core Balance Podcast Episode 42
What do you think your body would look and feel like if you continued to move like you did when you were a kid? Before fitness became about treadmills and calories? There is a better way. And now you’ve found it. Welcome to the Core Balance Podcast, with your host Chris Janke-Bueno.
Hello and welcome. Thank you so much for being here. I’m really glad to be here. I want to talk today about the early 2000’s. 2005 to be exact. I was a tutor, helping kids study for the SATs. I was helping high school students. I helped them on mostly the English part, working on the essays, grammar, and things like that. I actually learned quite a bit that I didn’t learn in high school and college, that I now have retained just because I taught it so many times. Those of you who teach are aware that to really learn something, teach it and you will embody that learning. I learned a lot of things.
There was one question on the essay that I remember. It was a practice essay that these students got in order to simulate the SAT. That question was this: do things that make your lives easier necessarily make them better? And I thought that was very interesting. It’s a very interesting question. Does something that makes your life easier necessarily make it better? If we pose the question like that, most of us would answer no. it’s not true that our lives necessarily get better. But I think a lot of us operate on that premise, that if our lives are easier, they are better.
It was interesting too, how many of the students (again they’re high school students, most juniors) wrote in their answer that yes, in fact, things that make our lives easier do necessarily make them better. Being a fitness guy, I think it’s impossible to think that things that make your life easier necessarily make them better. What is a workout? A workout is not easy. It’s not designed to be easy. But because you go through this workout your life improves. Because you can get healthier by going through this thing that’s not easy, but it designed to make your life better. Imagine if you only did easy workouts and you never challenged yourself. There’s not going to be anything better on the horizon. So thinkgs that make your life easier do not necessariy make them better.
In fact, I would argue the opposite. It’s the challenges of your life. Those obstacles that you thoughjt you’d never make it through that end up making your life better. And usually we look back and say “wow, that was such a challenge going through it, but I learned so much.” Isn’t that what happens? Why doin’t we make a decision to try to when we’re going through that difficult situation, try to say “this is a challenge, similar to a workout, and when you’re going through a workout you’re challenging your body, and because of this challenge I’ll grow to the next level.” Seeing these difficult parts of our lives as just something else to make us stronger. If we think this way as we’re going through it, it wint make it easier, but you’ll remove a lot of stress around it. There’s not going to be that extra level: “oh my gosh this isn’t supposed to be this hard.” We can navigate through the difficulty, and at the same time realize that the challenge is making us into that person of deeper character, or whatever the challenge is starting to bring out. Very similar to the concept of exercise, that you put yourself deliberately into these challenging situations in order to grow and develop yourself, your character, your physical body, and take it to the next level.
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You’ve been listening to the Core Balance Podcast. I’m your host Chris Janke-Bueno. We’ll talk again next time. Until then, let’s be fit, lets’ be healthy, let’s be happy. It feels good to move, so keep moving.
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