Our brains,

our bodies

want to take it easy,

to conserve energy.



When we encounter

the difficult,

the hard,

the troubling,

our first instinct is finding the easy way out.


This tactic made sense when food was scarce,

when we weren’t at the top of the food chain,

but now it makes us fat and unhappy.


It’s why troops, police and firefighters

must be trained.

They have to learn to head toward danger,

not away from it.


We must train ourselves

to do the hard work,

to enter what we perceive as

the dangerous world of


creating meaningful art,

cultivating a life of expended energy,

not taking the easy way.


(Where have you been taking the easy way?)