Comfort and security do not change a man. Only adversity can do that. We are hallowed and habilitated in difficult times.
The characteristics of a healthy masculinity are energy and confidence. To develop these, we need challenges and difficulties. Life is exceedingly generous in this respect—and preternaturally precise. We get what we need.
No man is a hero who has not completed a course in hardship.
Nothing changes until acceptance enters the picture.
Some men endure a lot with apparent ease; other men (Emerson’s “city dolls”) endure a little with great difficulty.
Endurance is acquired through hardship. There is no other way.
Life is our guru.