Any attempt to escape the negative, to avoid it or quash it or silence it, only backfires. The avoidance of suffering is a form of suffering. The avoidance of struggle is a struggle. The denial of failure is a failure. Hiding what is shameful is itself a form of shame. Pain is an inextricable thread in the fabric of life, and to tear it out is not only impossible but destructive: attempting to tear it out unravels everything else with it.
To try to avoid pain is to give too much thinking about pain. In contrast, if you’re able to not give too much thinking about the pain, you become unstoppable.
Like the road not taken, it was the issues not given too much thinking that made all the difference.