Choosing the Route

Posted: 9th December 2007 by Barb in Challenges, Choices, Goals

“The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.”
—Samuel Smiles

There’s a mountain I like to climb near where I live. One side of the mountain has a trail that for the most part is pretty easy to climb even for those who don’t exercise much. The other side is difficult, a lot more so than the easy side.

No matter which side of the mountain is climbed, once you get to the top it’s the same. The same view, the same mountain. So if given a choice there is no reason to take the difficult side just for the view, unless you are looking for more challenging climb.

And so it is with life. We all have many challenges, hurdles, mountains even. We don’t always have choices about taking different paths to master those challenges, but when given an option to choose the easy side or the difficult side, we can choose to take the easy one, knowing that the view, the victory is the same.

Sometimes we make life more difficult by fighting it. We try to figure out the future or we live in the past. We hold grudges and fail to let go when forgiveness would be easier. We don’t do what we know is the right thing and instead choose to move forward in something we know is wrong. We try to make people into who we want them to be instead of letting them be who they are.

Choosing the easier route in anything we face in life, especially the most challenging, will help us reach our goals. We stop fighting what we don’t know and go with what we have experienced as means to an end for us. One person’s accomplishments may have been reached in a different way than ours, but that doesn’t make our way wrong. If it works for us, we ought to do it.

When given a choice, choose the path of least resistance.