When you look closely at everything unique, outstanding, awe-inspiring and respectable in this world, it is primarily the works of human fortitude and steadfastness of spirit, and their victory against adversity, that leads to development and growth.
Excellence can be seen wherever the comfort of spirit triumphs over the comfort of the body in the name of real human values, which remain unchanged regardless of time or technological development. It is born in the pain of facing what is socially accepted and wrapped in 'convenient' slogans and euphemisms, but in fact - brings harm to people on a smaller or larger scale.
Who would want nowadays to spread ideas that don't earn 'likes' on Facebook?
Who has the courage to question the centuries-old beliefs of entire generations, if human beings have suffered from others acting in their name simply because they are wrongly called tradition, religion, or tolerance?
Who would point out unfair treatment to the company's boss out of fear of losing their job?
Who can be a true friend of their friend, partner, or spouse and have the courage to expose themselves to their anger and abandonment by telling an uncomfortable truth?
Who would pick up the garbage in the street and throw it into the bin, even though someone else has thrown it there?
Who would say "NO" where everyone else says "YES" because that's what everybody else says?
The journey to a better world begins from our own backyard of beliefs and truths about ourselves and takes the strength and the spirit to act against our comfort in an effort to resist the 'mainstream' or overcome our weaknesses.
The treasure is hidden in what it is the least convenient. It's not without reason that the monster of fear and hardship, which we must overcome, blocks access to it. This treasure is the unspeakable inner satisfaction we get in the victory against difficulties when as a result, we contribute real value to friendship, family, health or to whatever other fields that, thanks to our difficult decisions, will change for the better, or someone's eyes will become wide open to what they hadn't noticed before.
Ease of existence is enjoyable, but there is a difference between the ease of avoiding effort and responsibility, and the ease of flying and using your wings to do it - a skill acquired in the process of overcoming your resistance.
Despite the wounds, bruises and fatigue, no comfort of staying in a safe home and maintaining physical integrity would replace the satisfaction of victory for a warrior. Defeating an easy opponent would never give such joy as overcoming a difficult and demanding one.
Solving a puzzle with the key found at the end of a book cannot give pleasure comparable to when we find the solution ourselves, even after many days of struggling and searching.
The convenience of things being done for us is not a luxury. Perhaps only for a moment or two to get some rest, but in the long run, we are all warriors. From an early age on we learn to walk until we master the skill while not stopping even for a moment. Nothing tastes like your own victory.
Deep down, we value courage over cowardice, a challenge more than easiness, an independence more than having things done for us, and our earned small money over any social benefit.
A similar principle governs the intelligence of our bodies where each time they get out of the disease on their own, on the way to overcoming infection, fever and pain without 'propping up' with medicines, results in a more durable and robust immune system to recover easier from the subsequent ones. No shortcuts can change it, no matter how much we want to believe it.
There are many ways to silence the call of our spirit, yet we cannot do it ultimately as it dies together with our physical bodies, so as long as we live and unless we begin to follow the path of what brings us true inner satisfaction, it will be haunting and tormenting us using its tools like disease, depression and life's failures, never to give up on us and leave us alone as spiritual zombies.