The Struggle-Less Was Real

I grew up hearing phrases like:

  • You can’t fight city hall.
  • If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
  • You’re just one person. One person can’t change the world.
  • You have to crawl before you walk.
  • Start from the bottom, and work your way up.
  • It’s a dog eat dog world.
  • When the government sneezes, we catch cold.
  • Ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.
  • It’s a waste of time talking to anyone about your problems because when the conversation’s over, you still have the problems.
  • Life is hard.
  • No one’s gonna help you.
  • The eagle flies on Fridays.
  • You have to make it on your own.
  • Marry someone who loves you more.
  • The only way to make money is to work hard for it.

All this sentiment related to struggle was my real life reality. I lived as the cynical, doubtful, and pessimistic individual. Regarding everything and everyone – the struggle was real.

The benefit of these one-liners is that they instilled in me a tenacious work ethic because I was scared for my life. That in turn, allowed me to unlearn all this stinkin’ thinkin’. In an effort to struggle less I changed my thoughts to struggle-less:

  • Listening to motivational speakers.
  • Learning about the power of thought and how powerful our minds are.
  • Accepting that it was impossible to build a positive life based on negative thoughts.
  • Believing it was possible to minimize, mitigate, and avoid some drama and pain .
  • Making concerted efforts to look for the positive in every situation while believing that no matter how bad something is, there’s a hopeful glimmer of light somewhere.
  • Forcing negative energy away without acknowledging, contributing, or participating.
  • Letting go of the need to control.
  • Updating habitual, small-minded, or ignorant thought patterns.
  • Celebrating gratitude and looking for hopeful glimmers of life’s light.

We all get to peace differently. Lovely struggle-less journey to you.

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