A Rush of Information

“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is quite possibly my most favorite show in Netflix. During a particular moment of profundity in a chat with Trevor Noah, the show’s host Jerry Seinfeld said something that resonated strongly with me as I’m going through some challenges in life:

Everything you need to know, you’ll figure out when you need it.

Even if you miscalculate and make the wrong decision, you needed to know that. I always say that pain is knowledge rushing in to fill a gap. When you stub your toe on the foot of the bed, that was a gap in knowledge. And the pain is a lot of information really quick.

The Good Fight

The good fight is the one that’s fought in the name of our dreams. When we’re young and our dreams first explode inside us with all of their force, we are very courageous, but we haven’t yet learned how to fight. With great effort, we learn how to fight, but by then we no longer have the courage to go into combat. So we turn against ourselves and do battle within. We become our own worst enemy. We say that our dreams were childish, or too difficult to realize, or the result of our not having known enough about life. We kill our dreams because we are afraid to fight the good fight.

From “The Pilgrimage”, Paulo Coelho.