There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic. – Anais Nin
“We want what we want when we want it” a friend use to say.
Whether that is some form of great truth or illumination or a piece of pie and a coffee is really irrelevant.
Most things take time. They are hard and fraught with lessons.
In our current culture it seems to be the same for most of us with most of the things we pursue. We want to experience the glory of the big game without the decades of daily practice.
Success comes when we dedicate ourselves to our dreams and goals. Day in and out, suffering more losses than wins, until one day it all comes together. It is work. It can be difficult. We may want to give up or be distracted by something easier.
Wanting it to be easy and being unwilling to put in the work is the 1st trap.
The second is beating the crap out of ourselves when we don’t progress as quickly as we thought we could, or as quickly as the person next to us.
Whatever you set out to do, know it is not always going to be easy. You may need to pick yourself up, you may need to rest a while, but if you are dedicated and committed you move on to the next piece, and over time, with work and reflection, it all comes together.