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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Change

Here's what Jon Krakauer, a writer I highly respect ("Into The Wild"), writes about change: “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” However, change is not easy. Staying the same feels safer, even if you are suffering. At least the pain is familiar. You are afraid that some worse pain might be waiting for you out there. That's why you prefer the status quo. It takes courage to change. But, as Bette Davis coined it, no guts, no glory.

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