The Road Less Traveled

September 30, 2005  

I was saddened to learn that M. Scott Peck, the psychiatrist and author of “The Road Less Traveled”, passed away this past week. I remember reading the book many years ago when I was at a cross-roads in my life. The book was insightful and packed with content. Certainly no fluff!

And that no fluff approach was consistent with his message. The book focused on Dr. Peck’s core belief that, as he stated in its opening sentence, “Life is difficult,” and that its problems can be addressed only through self-discipline.

As I have traveled my road less traveled, I have found a different path through life. I believe that the way in which you view the world is how you live. And I believe that life is easy; we only find ways to make it difficult. As per an earlier post of mine, “Discipline is not always the answer. Sometimes you need to find a passion that will pull you off of the sofa.”

I have tremendous respect for Dr. Peck’s work. I whole-heartedly recommend his book. And I hope he would agree that each person has their own path through life. For many, discipline, plans, and goals are that path. For others, like myself, the path of experiential living and joy is the road to travel.

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  1. Jason Bates on October 12th, 2005 5:27 am

    I thought that you might like to see the Times obituary for M. Scott Peck, an unusual character who’s motto must have been “do as I say not as I do”,,60-1805444,00.html



  2. Tiarra on November 12th, 2005 11:32 pm

    I must say first and foremost, that I am a happy individual who is successful due to hard work and some goal free living.

    I must make a comment though. Life is not easy for all of us. If life is easy, then why was I born healthy into a middle-class family in Canada, as opposed to being born in Bangledesh, poor and living literally under a tin roof?

    Life is not easy Mr. Shapiro. For those have been fortunate, like myself, I make it a duty to help others less fortunate.

    If you take a look at the Four Noble Truths in Buddhism, you will see, “Life is suffering.”

    Can’t wait for your book!

  3. Stephen Shapiro on November 21st, 2005 11:48 am

    Tiarra, thanks for your comment. You raise a great point. There is a lot of suffering going on in the world. To be clear, I am not saying that life IS easy. I only choose to view it that way, regardless of the circumstances. With Thanksgiving upon us here in the United States, it is a great time to reflect back on what we appreciate — the gifts in our lives.

    Also, given my limited knowledge of Buddhism, I bought a book this weekend so that I can better understand the Four Noble Truths. Thanks.