Sometimes, it is necessary to be cruel to be kind. To save the life of a loved one, we willingly sign an approval form for allowing a surgeon to use a knife on them. It is very painful to sit through each minute until we hear an "operation successful" verdict. It seems as if we lived those hours as if they were days and months. But we did it.
Punishments to kids are designed also for propelling them towards learning. Children often say, "You are so cruel". We laugh because we know we love the kids and why we do what we do. But they perceive it in a different way.
It is not only to others but on ourselves, too, that we have to practice this principle. To be tough on ourselves doesn't come easy. Grit your teeth. Tighten your belt....apt supporting thoughts. Indulge yourself a little only when you are generally in a state of balance. But success comes with resisting much temptation along the way, using much discipline, even more determination and perseverance. All these are symbolic "knives" . They "bleed" you but ultimately help you and give you a quality of life which could make you the object of envy.
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