Robert Frost’s Thoughts on Self-Discovery
Robert Frost has gone down as one of the most notable poets and play writers of his century. He’s riding, which was mostly about rural life, had a pleasant realism to it that engaged the reader in its authenticity. Frost was a very deep thinker, often using his work to analyze and describe more intricate social and philosophical subjects. His work went on to get him a multitude of prizes including four Pulitzer prizes for poetry. Robert used his writing to analyze and discover more about himself and society around him. Let us take a look at some of his most famous sayings in an effort to discover more about ourselves.
“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
In anyone’s journey of self-discovery, there come many times when they are faced with new information that challenges their existing beliefs about themselves. Something that Robert frost demonstrates here is that the more we learn about ourselves, the less personally retake these new and relevant facts.
It is important, while we learn more about ourselves and those around us, that we do not take the new information harshly. When something is too difficult for someone to except, it is very easy for them to become angry with rejection of the idea. When peoples beliefs are challenged and they are unwilling to open their minds to new possibilities, anger is an easy go-to emotion for rejection. We take the frustration from this new and difficult idea and manifest it into hostility towards it, or we can turn it into a determination to learn more.
We also must remember that just because a new piece of information may not be so uplifting, it is no reason for us to harshly criticize ourselves. Us learning this information, while it might not feel great doing so, is a huge step forward and benefit for our future self. It is a necessary pain for our overall growth.
“The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.”
Whatever we set out to do, it is going to require work. We cannot shy away from work. Work is the bridge between where we are and where we want to be. Too many of us get too worried into afraid of what might happen when they begin to actually put in the work to make their dreams come true. Fear sets over them, and they become paralyzed from taking any action at all. Many people stay in this state, and they live their whole life wondering what would have been if they had tried.
We cannot let our decisions be ruled by fear. We have to ask ourselves where our thoughts are coming from. Are we thinking too deeply out of fear, or are we imagining the possibilities because of the love that we have for ourselves? Went to many of our thoughts are encompassed by fearful avoidance, then it’s time that we take action without another thought. When our thoughts are overrun, the best way to take back our mind is to take action. When we get this momentum moving towards where we want to be, the rest of our physiology follows with. There is a true mind-body connection. If our mind is stopping us from moving forward, then we must use our body to move forward and have our mind to catch up with it later.
While this may seem hasty and under thought, any action is better than no action towards your goal.
“Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.”
Truth often takes a backseat in the corners of our mind when making important decisions. These are important truths about ourselves that deep down we know to be true but choose to ignore her when confronted with a difficult situation. Deep down we know we should not yell in anger to those we love, but sometimes our emotions get the best of us. Deep down we know that we should save our money and be productive towards our future, but our short term relaxation and needless buying so often looks more appealing than the more difficult to visualize future.
It is important that we don’t get caught up in what may look appealing in the short term but hurts us ultimately in the long term. Keep the truth of the matter in the front of your mind, and your actions will always be in line with your better self.
“Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found it was ourselves.”
To some degree, all of us are a little afraid to fully be ourselves. We hold back who we really are because we are unsure if the people around us will fully accept us. We even do this to the ones that we love most sometimes. These ones are the most difficult to show yourself to because of the fear of rejection that might come with it.
What we don’t realize is that the people who love us already know who we are. Our efforts to conceal ourselves are only a strain on us and an injustice to those you love.
If you really believe that those you love don’t really know who you are, then rest on the fact that your real self gives you strength. You are not hiding some monster in the closet. You are shielding the light within you. When you let that light shine and let people see who you really are, you will see that it lights up everyone else as well.
“There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.”
There is no reason to hold hostilities within us. The more we discover who we are and what we are capable of, the more we will realize how capable we are to help those around us. We all have such great potential to uplift our communities. We must remain open and vulnerable to those around us who need help. We cannot go through our life holding a rough and ragged heart within us. A truly generous heart is soft and kind. We truly do underestimate the power of kindness in everyday life. Be generous, and give kindness. It is a gift that we can give to everybody that we encounter, and we will never run out.
“The chief reason for going to school is to get the impression fixed for life that there is a book side for everything.”
One of the harder truths in life is that you can’t learn everything from a book. You can’t learn everything from YouTube videos or articles online. You can’t learn everything from your friends or family. You can’t learn everything from one source of information. With so many things in life, the only true way to learn is to do and experience.
Many of us are afraid to learn by experience because it makes us vulnerable to pain and failure, as these are the true teachers. Staying behind books and asking questions in class shields us from having those painful experiences, but they cannot teach us some of the most important lessons in life.
We must not be afraid to go out and experience the pain of life. Those before us did the same. Those who could experience more pain and keep going are the ones that we remember. Nothing truly great and amazing as ever been accomplished by easy means. It is supposed to be difficult. If it was easy, then it wouldn’t be worth it.