I despise it sometimes when I have to confront reality.
Maybe you have your thing too.
The reality of age, work, faith, finances?
With experience, many good things can come, but maybe the rut of habit and routine comes too.
Reality might be doing the work when you wish you didn’t have to.
Reality can also be being stuck and needing to try something you have never done before – which is terrifying.
What limits individuals as well as nations is the inability to confront reality, to see things for what they are. As we grow older, we become more rooted in the past. Habit takes over. Something that has worked for us before becomes a doctrine, a shell to protect us from reality. Repetition replaces creativity. We rarely realize we’re doing this, because it is almost impossible for us to see it happening in our own minds.
-Robert Greene, The 33 Strategies Of War
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