Mother, how can one strengthen one's will?
as one strengthens muscles, by a methodical exercise.
You take one little thing, something you want to do
or don't want to do. Begin with a small thing, not
something very essential to the being, but a small
detail. And then, if, for instance, it is something
you are in the habit of doing, you insist on it and
compel yourself to do it as you compel yourself to
lift a weight - it's the same thing. You make the
same kind of effort, but it is more of an inner effort.
And after having taken little things like this - things
relatively easy, you know - after taking these and
succeeding with them, you can unite with a greater
force and try a more complicated experiment. And gradually
if you do this regularly, you will end up by acquiring
an independent and strong will.