The Will Is A Terrible Thing To Lose (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 224)
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
— Mahatma Gandhi
With all of our modern technological innovations, we have been introduced to the idea that we have the power to control the world around us. In many ways, egotistically, we assume that we can control what is uncontrollable. Well, why not? Everything is now available to be altered or changed in some way or another at the click of a button.
But of course this is not true. We can’t actually control anything in the world. It is unlikely that we can remove all of the distasteful parts of life or rid ourselves of all of the unpredictable parts of our existences. We only need to take a look at recent history to be reminded of how out of control we really are. The unfathomable happens all the time, most times when we least expect it.
Certain situations will stab you viciously and then twist the knife until it hurts. But it is at that very moment that we get a peek at who we really are. The people around us get to see how we act when we’re under pressure, how we respond when everything around us is falling apart, whether the house on the inside is made of cards or bricks.
We can determine what comes out when the pressure is on and the tension is turned all the way up. It is a matter of your will. You may not be able to control anything else in the universe, and you certainly can’t control people, but you can control yourself. We can think, reason, plan, act, and adjust all by an initiation of the will.
The will is what causes some to falter and others to remain standing through the storm. It prepares some for all eventualities and causes others to be shocked and surprised when “it’s a possibility” turns into “it’s a reality.” While some give in to chaos and confusion, others are calm and willing to work regardless of the environment. People say that “the mind is a terrible thing to waste.” But the will is a terrible thing to lose.
Advantage can be gained over adversity because those you choose to make their adversity worth the time often do learn some important lesson. They accept what they cannot change and release what is already out of their control. They persevere regardless of the conditions. They remind themselves of their own mortality and inability to be all, do all, and conquer all. It is in this way that we learn not to submit to the will but to make our wills submit to us.
“What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that’s another matter.”
— Peter F. Drucker