Ceasing to Grow Is a Failure of Nerve (A Quote by James Hollis)
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1592404995Yes, we all know people who have died long before their bodies fell to earth. The world is full of people droning on, sitting before the telly or the Internet, waiting to die, living only for small sensations of scandal or vicarious catastrophe that they can witness from afar. But my experience of working with people, and I am sure that of my colleagues, is that the human psyche continues to ask us to grow, to develop, to explore, to be curious. Boredom is the pathology of the depressed, or the unimaginative. Ceasing to grow is a failure of nerve, because it is not what our psyche demands.
There is so much more to learn, to experience, to develop in our talents, curiosities, and explorations. Our enemies are the same old familiar gremlins: fear and lethargy. What makes Odysseus a hero to us, a prototype of our journey, is that he is willing to face his fears and persist, always persist. In his greatest peril he says, “I will stay with it and endure though suffering hardship, and once the heaving sea has shaken my raft to pieces, then will I swim.”What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life, by James Hollis
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