Conflict

"Conflict is a part of life," they say.

A pretty painful part—yes—but a good part, too.

You're not going to do anything creative, new, or original without conflict.

Without conflict, nothing gets better—but they assuredly can get worse.

You'll never win. You'll never succeed. You'll never take a bow, receive a thank you card, raise a three year old, lower your debt, get your degree, land that client, finish that project, climb that mountain, build that community, have that adventure. You won't ever make your mark, complete your research, publish your book, or establish your legacy without conflict.

The absence of conflict is death. No struggle there at all. Just cold, dry, quiet peace.

If the options are cake or conflict: give me conflict.

But then give me the big slice of cake later because conflict is giant pain in the ass.