‘Endure the pain for the gain’ are the words of men who in reality only exist but do not live. The reality of life is that it does not come without strife. It’s the reason the saying; ‘life ain’t a bed of roses’ has over time become a maxim. Life is a process that cuts across all ramifications. However, the place of good and bad in the process is one that cannot be overemphasised. Life is like a coin with two sides; it can be good and at the same time bad. For some, life is good when they have their basic needs met; that is, food, clothing and shelter. While for others, life is good when they are healthy and have enough money to cater for their needs. Nevertheless, for a few, life is good because they are alive. Although they may lack the basic amenities, there is that feeling of satisfaction they enjoy knowing they are alive.
Unfortunately, life’s goodness does not always retain its position. It changes, and when it does, it presents itself in various forms. Some of these forms include; physical challenges, emotional trauma, financial crisis, disabilities etc. When this happens, so many conclude that life is bad because an aspect of their life suddenly becomes hard. But for every process, there is a product. And life’s product comes about as an offshoot of its process.
‘Enjoy the pain for the gain’ are the words of a man who has decided not to only exist but live. Life is a teacher, but we are not all good students. For a while, she tries to groom and build us into better people, but like ungrateful beings, we poke our hands to her face and call her names. Some say they had to learn the hard way, but only a few see things ‘life’s way’. Life’s process involves change, pain, pleasure and gain which constitutes the complete lesson. A good number of people only want to endure the pain, but by so doing they deprive themselves access to the complete lesson. This is because they are often pessimistic about change. As such, they are always busy trying to scale through or get out of what looks like a mess and most times they never even notice the pleasure part of the process.
Life is a consistent teacher. And as students who have been naturally enrolled to take her compulsory classes, we must understand that to get the best or come out with flying colours in any of her courses, we must approach the process with the right attitude. Some of which include optimism, readiness to learn, patience, open-mindedness etc. There is pleasure in pain, but our attitude and approach towards change are what determines whether or not we will find and enjoy the pleasure embedded in the process.
Written by KCPWESH
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