Life is difficult. Those words began one of the bestselling self-help books of all time, The Road Less Traveled. I remember years ago when I first read the book knowing that it was something special. M. Scott Peck didn’t hold back, he told the truth in a language that was anything but what you would expect from a psychiatrist. No pills, no diagnoses, no psycho-speak. Just wisdom born out from his own experiences. Shortly after the classic opener, he goes on to say:
Most do not fully see this truth that life is difficult. Instead they moan more or less incessantly, noisily or subtly, about the enormity of their problems, their burdens, and their difficulties as if life were generally easy, as if life should be easy.
And then he cuts to the chase and says that life is a series of problems best solved with discipline. I won’t ruin the plot because if you haven’t read this book yet, it should be on your bucket reading list. He of course didn’t stop with the first book, and eventually crafted Further Along the Road Less Traveled and The Road Less Traveled and Beyond. While not as powerful as the first, they provide some helpful guidance for our journey down the road of life.
While I believe he was a smart guy, I am of the opinion that many do see the truth about life being difficult, and moan anyways. There is something that feels good about wallowing in problems.