Most people are unsure and insecure. From birth, people are told they are not good enough, not pretty enough, or not smart enough while others live in or are overwhelmed by the shadows of their parents’ or siblings’ accomplishments. A good many never overcome it. So, they carry it with them all their lives. It becomes part of their collection of baggage. Often times, what’s inside that baggage reveals itself when faced with its opposite - confidence.
Since time immemorial, greatness has been celebrated and immortalized in clay, stone, marble, steel, bronze and gold. The Kemetian or Egyptian builders erected the pyramids as monuments to the reigns of its most powerful pharaohs. The Ancient Greeks, likewise, carved massive statues as tributes to its emperors. As Americans, we, too, have erected statues and edifices to our former presidents, war heroes and martyrs.
Few others, however, will have massive statues created in their likeness or buildings named in their honor. Still, we all desire and deserve to be remembered, ultimately, for our lives to have mattered.
In Eastern teachings, simplicity has long been the key to harmonious and happy lives. Buddhism has argued that much of our suffering is tied to attachments. These attachments often spur difficult choices along with the emotional burden that accompanies them. Ultimately, we stress over choices, choices, we, ourselves, have complicated.