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Not Taking the Easy Option

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Jiva Masheder
Thought-Provoking Stories
Another amusing story about how we often go for the easy option even when it clearly isn't the right one!
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Justine
Be brave
Take that step, that leap of faith. If you should succeed then fabulous if you should not then count it as a success. You now know what not to do. I would rather live a life of regrets than regret not living. Dare yourself to step out of your comfort zone, you’ll be surprised how much you can learn. Kia Kaha - be strong - live a little or a lot.
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casey
it’s not always easy
i learnt that you can’t always take the route you would like to just because it’s easier and better sometimes you have to get up the courage and be brave enough to take the route/choice you may not want to.
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Julie
Light At End Of Tunnel
I have discovered in life when I am in a difficult situation there is usually a reason for it. Sometimes the answer or meaning of the situation isn’t revealed until afterwards. Times like these the best thing you can do is surround yourself with the people who will be there to lift you up and give you support during difficult times.
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Adrienne
Looking for the way out.
We are always looking for the easy option, the way out. But we have to remember that we won’t always have the easy option. And we gain more and learn more by doing something more difficult.
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Iris
Not the best
I noticed that in the middle of the story, I was thinking about how there would be a big plot twist. I think that this story was simple and got straight to the point but didn’t need the extra “fluff”. Anyone get what I’m saying?
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C
Different take
I actually first thought with this one that it was about how sometimes the priority does not need to be finding the car, sometimes the best thing to do is just take a stroll.
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Mario
The happiest way to live happy...
I learn that the way to happiness is some time a lonely way a bark way but then you past it there will de light ..... but that why it is the happier way to go because is not easy. And that’s what makes it worth it....
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Miguel
Not taking the easy way
It really helped me think about my life and it also helped me relax more.
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Laycee
Taking the hard way
I learned to not always take the enjoyable route because sometimes that won’t lead you to the right direction. You might have to go through troubles to succeed.
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Maria
Sometimes
“Sometimes you have to take the difficult way, the one you don’t like so much.” This statement resonates with me because certain situations I am currently in has forced me to delay planning and feel comfortable in being uncomfortable. I love planning months and occasionally years at a time, but I am realizing that not all things can be planned. I often won’t figure out my next step until potentially the last moment and this level of uncertainty comes with the career I chose to pursue. The last few months haven’t been easy, but I am growing from practicing patience and trusting that things will work out in the end, no matter how I feel right now.
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Stacey
Love
Just comfort and encouragement. Love this app. It’s helping me so much!
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Sarah
Comfort vs Growth
This really resonated with me as recently I have been given the opportunity to pursue something I have wanted for many years. It’s scary how close I was to staying where I am, in the comfort of my daily life and turning down this opportunity. But ultimately growth does not happen when we remain stagnant and do not challenge ourselves, or push ourselves beyond our comfort zones. Really thankful for this story and hearing it tonight.
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Naomi
Breathing
I learned that it's okay to notice noises or thoughts, acknowledge them and then bring your attention back to just breathing. Usually I would try to ignore them and then get annoyed that I keep noticing them.
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Lienke
Not always taking the easy option
Sometimes you have to walk in dark and scary places to find what you are looking for - success, a good future, a sattisfying career, good grades. If it was easy, everyone would do it
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Lauren
Facing our shadows
It’s empowering to turn mishaps into fuel for growth! As people we often seek the pleasures and run from the pains. But sometimes it is when we face those shadows we find some light within. There is so much I wouldn’t have realized if I hadn’t thought more deeply into my circumstances. With acceptance that life has a beautiful way of breaking things down to grow them even more resilient and adapted.
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Sara
Simple but to the point
I think I find myself being the main guy more often than I’d care to admit when it comes to my career. I find I’m not spending enough time being uncomfortable with my practice but then again I’m never fully comfortable & to get to that I know I need to first be uncomfortable & dive straight into the scary place.
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Brooke
Switching perspective
I learned that I have been doing this with one of the problems in my life and in order to improve I need to not take the easy way out because my answer isn’t there.
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Kate
Appreciation
I became aware of the intense appreciation I feel for my partner. He is the one person who urged me to go into those dark narrow streets, those places where I felt scared and timid and full of fear. He went there with me, walked with me, stayed beside me while I found those parts of me that were lost, hidden, covered over with layer upon layer upon layer of armor and facade. I thank God everyday for his presence in my life, and for providing me with exactly what I need, when I need it. Including the push to go down those dark and scary side streets. At the end of those streets, there is always light, and there is always a next step that is not so scary.
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Rebecca
Three Minutes Lost
Three minutes of my life lost. The story was a downer, frustrating, not in the least thought provoking. I recommend you try another.
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Lyndsey
Convenience
The answers you’re looking for are not always found in the most convenient places. Don’t be afraid to take the scenic route first
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Tracy
Growth
I learned that I getting out of comfort zones is something I more than capable of doing and it is there that I grow and learn from experience. I don’t have to go it alone either, I can have support from my friends and family
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Matthew
The hard path
I have mixed feelings about this story. It sorta feels like it implies to always take the hard path. I think it’s more about taking the right path for yourself. Which may even be the hard path.
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Makayla
A thought
Sometimes taking the longer harder path will lead you to your answers
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Linda
Not always taking the easy way
I love these stories and the sound of the narrator’s voice is lovely!
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Tyler
Weird
I thought this was a lovely story about taking your time and enjoying life. But apparently not, it’s meant to tell you to do hard things? Very ineffective parable in my opinion.
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Dom
Not taking the easy option:
In life, you need to be brave and go to the places you don’t like and find what your looking for.
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Chloe
A story I listened to
Sometimes the easy way isn’t a good way. You have to take the difficult route sometimes
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Louis
Taking the Easy Road
The story was a bit trite but the point was made about not always taking the easy road to find what we want.
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Sarah
Eh.
Sometimes you're met with resistance because that path is not for you. And yes sometimes good things are on the other side of pushing through difficulty. We need to ask ourselves why we're finding something hard and decide whether it's worth the effort or not.
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Kya
dunno
sometimes you have to go to unpleasant places, even if it is hard to.
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Time
Brave
To acquire notions one truly seeks, such ideologies are prevalent in the road less taken
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Joyce
Relaxed
When taking deep breath and then blowing the air out I feel that I’m blowing out stress. Thank you!😮
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Athena
Cars
Could have really used a breathing practice this morning. But I enjoyed and appreciated this story
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Tiffany
Practice
After I started really thinking and Logging In about How I feel I notice that I really need to work on Myself
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Elyse
Thought provoking
While listening to this I was quite distracted with the thought that how could someone not remember where they parked they’re car where they lived. But I enjoyed the message. Sometimes the answers we seek aren’t the easiest ones to find.
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Kaitlin
I feel better
What the woman was talking about was right. We need to step out of our comfort zone and explore new options and sometimes they might not always be easy but they’ll be worth it in the end.
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Hayley
Thought-provoking
This is an important reminder that sometimes the best lessons in life (that are worth learning) don’t come easy and often in taking risks, even in the uneasiness of what isn’t known, is important for human development and understanding.
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Tiffany
Nice girls
Keep the path smooth for other people while making a mess in their way. I become agreeable to avoid conflict. Life is showing me that I need to speak up for myself more. I am fighting back one moment at a time. Growing is painful. Remaining the same hurts worse.
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Chris
Shadow work
Sometimes it’s necessary to look within and identify what needs to be released, or rooted out. It is suffering work but the results are amazing.
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Karsyn
Relieved
I felt more relieved about what my future in-tales. Knowing that it will take hard work and I might not always enjoy but the outcome will be incredible.
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Zoey
There’s always a choice
I learned that there is always a choice in all that we do and sometime the choices we make are not alway the easy option and that it’s okay to take the uneasy option. If we alway took the easy option we probably would never learn that we are braver and stronger then we believe. I find the short stories always help me to understand things better.
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Addi
I couldn’t sleep
When I was listening to that story I started dozing off and then all of the sudden my mom is waking me up so we can go places.!!😃😀
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Walter J
Tiring...
I have usually picked and travelled the road less travelled. It has been harder than most people would have put up with, but I have never gotten so tired that I quit and have learned so much more that way that I am now becoming glad I did. For a long time I thought maybe it did not seem fair, now I know it is not... I seem to be further ahead than where I should be... if that makes sense. ❤️☮️🍀
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Tres
Comfort Zone
I learned that going outside your comfort zone will bring about new things that you’ve never thought of happening.
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Joleen
Did he find the car? I would love to know
To get help when needed anytime at all. Good friends are the best
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Mikaela
Reassurance
This story helped me calm down from the storm in my head. It also helped me that to find the good things in life, it’s not always going to be easy or an easy way out.
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Nina
Choices
I realized that sometimes I will need to pick the scarier option but I don’t have to do it alone
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Mallory
Relationship Choice
For the last week I've been stressing about having to break off a relationship. He's a good person but doesn't make me truly happy. I've been guilting myself on trying to stay with him, because he is good to me. But ultimately, I have to be brace and make the hard choice to make sure that my future is a happier one
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Rebecca
Upon reflection..
I felt love, warmth and comfort, I noticed that we are all uniquely beautiful as human beings. I learned that though we each may have different ideals and core beliefs, moral, cultural, educational or otherwise, we are all just muddling our way through, as best we can, on this precious journey called life..
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Ashley
Reflection
Sometimes we find our answers in the deepest and darkest places. Not everything we are searching for will be out in the open.
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Sophie
Anxiety
I am new to Aura and hope that it will help control my anxious thoughts and help me be comfortable in myself and dealing with life situations.
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Kathy
Growth
Growth does not come from taking the easy way, avoiding effort, expecting to be given what you need, or putting forth minimal effort and expecting good results. Rather, genuine personal growth takes work, self knowledge and the willingness to change. Growth does not occur being stuck in the mire of the easy option. This holds true in all areas of life such as work, family life, friendships and relationships of any sort. This is what I have found to be true for me during my lifetime. Anything worth having is worth putting forth effort and working for. This is how we learn to recognize and value the beauty around us, the joy of being alive, the kindness of strangers and gifts from the Universe that appear just when appropriate and needed. This reflection may seem like an odd take from the story told but this is what the story brought to mind.
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Liz
Easy answer isn’t...
The easy way isn’t always the right way. Some choices I’ve had to make weren’t easy but they seem to best choices for me right now.
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Alex
Make things worrhwhile
Being mindful of ourselves is a difficult step sometimes. Focusing my attention and centering my thoughts can be a hard path sometimes. It’s certainly worthwhile though.
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Julie
I thought the opposite
Sometimes the easier and more pleasant choice IS best...park in the nicer area that u like
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Walter J
Helping...
What stuck out to me this time listening was the friends willingness to help look for the misplaced car. Started as a nice gesture so they could catch up and then after looking thru the whole neighborhood he was even willing to go across town to the ‘bad’ side to help his buddy. To me that is a really good friend!! Hopefully Jim would park in the better part next time and then look up his buddy & offer to take him out for a drink! ❤️🍻🍀
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Susan
Not Taking The Easy Option
Sometimes rhe answer can be found where the difficulty lies. Lean into the difficult times and maybe a friend might even come along to help
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Jacob
It gets easier
Sometimes things are difficult to start with. Making that first move can be hardest thing to do, but it will get easier over time. A friend can help and support you in taking that first step.