January 31 – from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda
Youth should not seek an easy comfortable path. No one develops in a pampered environment. Youth should instead actively seek out challenges and hardships, transforming them all into valuable assets as they strive to become individuals of outstanding character and ability.
Rightly or not, this reminds me of “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost:
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
We’re lucky in so many ways to live in the current time with all the modern conveniences. And while technology has made many things easier and more convenient, it doesn’t always make things better. In the long run, the easy way usually isn’t the most fruitful or rewarding.
Isn’t the act of taking the road less traveled (the challenging one) the whole point?
Buddhist Next Door