Difficulties are only as big as we make them to be

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Just came across this story about a man who was worrying about difficulties and sharing the same with Vivekananda. Thought it would be an interesting share.


Once Swami Vivekananda was trekking in the Himalayas, he saw an old man standing exhausted at the foot of an upward slope. The frustrated man called out Vivekananda and uttered, “Oh, Sir, how to cross it; I cannot walk any more ; my chest will break.

Vivekananda listened to the old man patiently and said, “Look down at your feet. The road that is under your feet is the road that you have passed over and is the same road that you see before you; it will soon be under your feet.”


Many a time, the journeys seem very hard, seem impenetrable and impasse, as though there is no way out and makes us feel that it is time to give up. Sometimes we just don’t realize how easy things are, how achievable the goals and challenges are. Sometimes all that matters is the strength and temerity to continue and keep doing what we do, no matter how hard it seems to be.

“Easier said than done” did you say? Well I agree…. 😉


More inspiration from Vivekananda

Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda

The Monk as a Man

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