“The price of greatness is responsibility.” Winston Churchill
The road gets hard sometimes, it climbs up it winds down, it snakes around and takes you back to the same spot. You think you’re finally getting somewhere, that you can see the final destination coming in on the horizon and then all of a sudden you are right back to where you started!
When I was a boy in high school one of my favourite subjects was Study of Religion, and my teacher was somewhat of an advocate of self-development. At the time I didn’t understand it, I mean what boy wants to learn about growing up, masculine power and the slow process! Looking back on it though, my teacher planted a seed in my head that has now grown a little bit more, my roots are just breaking the surface.
One of the books that he had us read was called, “The Road Less Travelled“, by M.Scott Peck, and it talks about growth and developing the understanding to have the discipline to keep on growing, rather than finding the quick fix that we are so used to searching for in modern society. That’s why they call it the road less travelled, literally because very few travel down this road, sometimes you feel like you are walking alone.
There are two choices you can make in order to achieve greatness, or die trying to achieve it. One is to keep going, and the other is to give up when the weight on your shoulders gets too heavy to bear. The irony is that the higher you want to go, the heavier the weights get, the greater the stakes get. If you choose the higher path though, you must prepare yourself for the responsibility that you are accepting. Do you want to choose responsibility or leave it in the hands of someone else? Dare to walk alone and dare to choose the road less travelled. Choose greatness and keep on going, you won’t recognise yourself when you look back.
“Recipe for greatness ? To bear up under loss, to fight the bitterness of defeat and the weakness of grief, to be victor over anger, to smile when tears are close, to resist evil men and base instincts, to hate hate and to love love, to go on when it would seem good to die, to seek ever after the glory and the dream, to look up with unquenchable faith in something evermore about to be, that is what any man can do, and so be great.” Zane Grey
“The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior. ”
― M. Scott Peck
“Whenever we seek to avoid the responsibility for our own behavior, we do so by attempting to give that responsibility to some other individual or organization or entity. But this means we then give away our power to that entity. ”
― M. Scott Peck