To know ourselves, we observe ourselves, especially when things go wrong, when we’re flushed and boiling. Life’s munificence guarantees that opportunities for self-knowing are many and various. Emotions observed are emotions detached from, stepped out of. Easy? Not exactly. It’s like sobering a drunk.
The first of Richard Rohr’s Five Messages for Men is: Life is hard. The first of Buddha’s Four Noble Truths is: Life is suffering. The first sentence in Scott Peck’s bestselling “A Road Less Travelled” is: Life is difficult. So then: Loving life is welcoming what comes.