Moderating our pleasures and confronting our pains is not natural. This is a process that takes place over time. Slowly but surely however we can begin to moderate our pleasures. With time we can also learn to confront more and more uncomfortable situations. Eventually we should be able to get to the point where our willingness to confront pain and the problematic circumstances of our lives and others around us becomes stronger than our willingness to seek pleasure for ourselves.
When this happens we will truly be able to enjoy life. At that point in our lives our body loses control and our mind takes over the controls of our life. Suddenly we find ourselves full of joy, peace, and happiness. We become content with whom we are because life is no longer just about us. We have crossed over from a life of self-centeredness to a life that is others centered.
This only happens after we learn to moderate pleasures and confront pain. Then we truly become assets in society. We are like the little ant crawling across the ground. It is carrying its food to storage. This is food that all get to partake in when the need arises. It is not only concerned about itself.
You don’t arrive at this stage overnight. It is a process. The cleaning up of our lives takes time. The changes that we are talking about here are immense. They take place gradually over the course of time. The decision to live a life that is others centered and not just about ourselves can be instantaneous. The mental work that needs to be done to actually change ourselves will take a lifetime.
So where do you find yourself on this road? Have you begun the process yet? Maybe you are well into it. What is important is that you make sure you are on this road. It is a choice we make. We need to remind ourselves daily that we are no longer going to be servants of ourselves. We are going to be servants of others. This means we have to stop doing the things that are stealing our lives from us. We need to make a daily conscious effort to make sure that we are healthy and strong enough to make a positive difference in the lives of others.