A life without pain seems like a good idea.

No-one in their right mind likes going through pain, it’s annoying and debilitating.

That’s why we prefer things that don’t cause us discomfort.

But is a pain-free existence all it’s made out to be?

I’m not quite sure, especially when I consider this list of  things to keep away from if you want a pain-free life.

To avoid pain:

  • Don’t fall in love or commit yourself to someone for life
  • Don’t become a leader
  • Don’t give your opinion on anything important
  • Don’t set high standards for yourself and aspire to be the best in your field
  • Don’t try to help people, especially those most in need of assistance
  • Don’t take risks that may involve you making mistakes that others notice
  • Don’t speak against something that everyone else in the room seems to agree on
  • Don’t listen to all of the reasons to try something, but take heed of all the reasons not to
  • Don’t have kids, especially ones that grow up to be teenagers
  • Please don’t try to make the world a better place

In fact if you really want to try to avoid pain, this is my recommendation.

Buy yourself a nice big rocking chair, avoid all contact with the outside world and try to rationalise that your way is the best.

It won’t work of course.  Pain and suffering is a part of life and catches up with all of us eventually.

It’s not pleasant, but it’s sometimes necessary if we want to do anything meaningful and significant.

Great leaders, pastors, politicians, athletes, thinkers, parents and entrepreneurs understand this reality and have trained themselves to become resilient to pain and push on in spite of it.

Jim Rohn once said, “We will all suffer one of two things, either the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.” 

The challenge therefore isn’t to avoid pain or challenging experiences, but to build up our resilience so that we can achieve great things in spite of the inconvenience and irritation that we feel along the way.

I wouldn’t wish pain upon anyone, but I do hope that when (not if) you go through such times that you are able to endure and make it through.

A pain-free existence?

Sorry, there isn’t one.

But to quote Winston Churchill, “When you are going through hell, keep going.”

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