The Daily Prompt has a rather good question today, quite philosophical in a way: Is it impossible to attain greatness without considerable hardship?
The question is written as if this were a black and white issue. Or at least with the assumption that greatness cannot be attained without hardship. I’m a bit allergic for these type of questions. I strongly believe that black vs white issues hardly exist, there is mostly shades of grey. The truth cannot be found in extremities.
Back to the question: can greatness only be achieved through hardship? No, I don’t think so. I do believe that greatness can only be attained through effort. But to say that this effort should be hard, difficult or – in Jane Fonda’s case – painful, is stretching it. When you enjoy the effort, possibly motivated by your goal, or love the things you need to do to achieve your goal, the effort will not feel like a burden.
I do think that if you want to reach the highest peaks you have to put your mind to it. If you want to be the best you can be, you will have to work for that. It will require an effort, a serious attempt to achieve your goals, an endeavour.