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“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.”
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
Action is easy. It’s not like you’re a coal miner. What do you do, really? What does the actual work in your life consist of? Click here. Shuffle paper there. (In all likelihood), be you student or stock broker, you manipulate text for a living. And you do it sitting down.
Now, decision, decision is a different matter altogether.
Decision is hard.
Decision is hard. Decision is tough. You don’t have enough information. You don’t have enough time. You don’t know what’s going to happen. There are consequences. The consequences are real. Apple doesn’t make time machines.
But decision, too, is only emotionally hard. Again, it’s not like you’re lifting 90-pound roof slabs all day in the Utah summer heat. You’re not a coal miner. You’re not a janitor.
You’re not oppressed; you’re not gay.
Which means that your life is easy and only your emotions are making it hard. Which means you’re being a drama queen, because you do no manual labor; you have no struggles; yet there you are creating struggles within yourself for entertainment. For drama. To make yourself look and feel important — look how important you are, with all them tough decisions you done be having to make, standing their like Atlas, the very weight of the world on your aching shoulders.
So decision is easy. It’s already physically easy, because everything in our lives is 1. And it’ll be emotionally easy, too, as soon as stop having emotions about it.
Which SRS? Which book? Which kanji method? Where to start? What to start on?
‘The fark cares? It’s not like you’re disarming a bomb there, champ; this isn’t a Kathryn Bigelow movie. We sit around clicking mouses and eating candy and getting fat. This is modern life. And it’s easy. Some would say too easy, but those people are sick, twisted masochists — I happen to like things too easy 😛 .
So stop being such a queen and just pick whatever. Decide. Either way, it’s easy in that all action in your cushy, sedentary life is easy. It’s easy to do; it’s easy not to do, and — now that you’ve given up the duh-rama — it’s easy to pick as well.
Go on, timebox it. 90 seconds. Pick. Click. Move on with life.
Your life is easy. Stop the drama. Just sit back and enjoy being rich and privileged. What’s that you say? Not rich? You have a computer, an Internet connection and you can read the English language. Trust me: you’re rich. We are the elite of the world. Enjoy your clicking 😛 .