“Life is difficult.” So begins M. Scott Peck’s classic The Road Less Traveled.
“You know more than you think you do,” Dr. Benjamin Spock begins Baby and Child Care. These first lines from two 20thcentury bestsellers capture an essential human paradox. Peck paraphrases the Buddha’s first noble truth: “Life is suffering.” Spock expresses the bold ideal of human possibility. Without religious language yet with unvarnished simplicity, these two lines embody the truth that life is out of sync, yet also full of hope: Life is difficult: You know more than you think.
Because your left-brain sees life realistically, you need your right-brain
That’s the road less traveled.
Silence for Reflection…
-Kent Ira Groff © Adapted from What Would I Believe If I Didn’t Believe Anything? Permission is to use; just cite the source.