The first couple of steps into the lake, river or ocean water seems cold and uninviting. Interviewed at that exact moment you would complain that it wasn’t conducive to enjoyment.

What happens next? You go out even deeper. Maybe you take a deep breath and plunge in all at once. Suddenly filled with a feeling of exhilaration you feel alive and exuberant. Soon you are swimming and playing and enjoying. Everything is perfect, in fact very enjoyable. What happened? You kept going and you adapted.

Life never goes backwards. Our thoughts however do it more often than most of us would like especially when going forward seems uncertain or possibly uncomfortable. What happens then? The slightest spray of water sends us into a quick backlash. We become overly sensitive.

If we had kept going into the water not only would we have eventually enjoyed ourselves but we would be undaunted by a small spray of water anytime afterwards.

Therein lies the golden secret of an enjoyable life. Keep going! What may seem uncomfortable in the beginning could be the start of a great adventure. If you keep going you will adapt.

If the new job seems too hard. If the new people seem difficult to work with. If the challenges in front of you seem cold and uninviting, keep going! You will adapt and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying yourself. Yes, you are that strong.

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