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.