Suck It Up Buttercup! A Note to My Children on Tolerating Discomfort

Discomfort in LifeA note to my children on the concept of endurance and tolerance…

“It is ‘ok’ to feel discomfort in life”.  I know it’s difficult to ride around in an air-conditioned SUV and sit with the feeling of being thirsty…after all, it’s been all of 30 minutes since your last Vitamin Water.   But you will survive.   Your body is quite capable of handling the rigors of modern suburban life for hours on end without “needing” to hydrate.  

It is also ‘ok’ to feel hunger.  Your body can survive the 3.5 hours between the scrambled egg breakfast at 9am and the Chipotle lunch at 11:30am without having to refuel with snacks in-between.  This is fully within the bounds of human capability and no damage will ensue. 

Additionally, your body can successfully absorb the ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ temperature fluctuations for the eight-seconds it takes for the air conditioner or heater in the car to start working.  Death is not imminent…nor is frostbite or heat exhaustion. 

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.”  – Napoleon Hill

The human body is a truly amazing thing.  Allowing yourself to recognize, feel, and tolerate discomfort will also allow you to fully appreciate and enjoy the contrary.  A warm, safe bed can only truly be appreciated after a night or two on the ground.  A vacation is much more rewarding in the shadow of hard work and sacrifice.  And cookies taste much sweeter if they are not eaten morning, noon, and night alike.

Take solace in the knowledge that your body will survive and grow to know these truths in time.  In the interim, please take a deep breath and trust the insights and wisdom of those who have come before you. 

Godspeed little ones. 

Robert

4 thoughts on “Suck It Up Buttercup! A Note to My Children on Tolerating Discomfort

    1. Thx for reading and commenting! Hope you are well Iris…Lew and Crew are back in town…hope you are enjoying their company!

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