I tend to think of life as a magic box that takes inputs, does stuff, and delivers the output on the other side. Kind of like a pasta maker where you input dough, it does stuff, and you get pasta out of it.
I like this mental framework because it is both realistic and effective. Anytime I want a certain result, the first step is to ask, “what do I need to put into this system in order to get the output I want?”
Everyone wants the positive outputs like love / money / health, but not everyone is willing to provide the system with the inputs required to create those outputs…
Health is an easy example. If I want an output of abundant health and vitality, “what do I need to put into this system in order to get the output I want?” In this case, there are a number of inputs required: nutrient-dense plant food, exercise, good sleep habits, etc. If I plug those inputs into the system (my body, in this case), it is likely to produce health and vitality as an output.
Life is a lot easier to understand through this model. It often makes the question of, “why did things happen this way?” pretty easy to answer.
It also helps you make smarter plans for the future. You can quickly determine what inputs will be required to achieve your desired output and then decide whether or not you’re willing to provide that input before you ever get started.
Of course, these black boxes can short circuit and give you unexpected outputs (both to the positive and negative) that you didn’t deserve, but it would never be wise to bet on a short circuit because the boxes work as expected at least 95% of the time.
Things really aren’t that complicated. More often than not, you get out of life what you put into it.