Saturday, March 20, 2010

Attention grabbers....

"In the beginning, God....." and "Call me Ishmael." have to
rank as two of the best known openings in the history
of written English.

Surely somewhere in the list of the top twenty-five best
openings I would have to include Scott Peck's beginning
to his 1978 classic, The Road Less Traveled.

"Life is difficult.
This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a
great truth because once we truly see this truth, we
transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-
once we truly understand and accept it- then life is no
longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact
that life is difficult no longer matters."


  1. I didn't know you'd read Road Less Travelled. For me, understand the simple fact that "life is difficult" has been transforming from the time I first read it, although it has taken a long time to fully comprehend. Dad phrased it differently: he said to me, "no one ever promised you a rose garden..."

  2. Not only did I read it, but I read the copy signed by you when you gave it to me as a birthday present in 1993.