Sometimes life doesn’t make any sense. But we have to embrace it nonetheless. To boost our confidence, we have to face what terrifies us most. To build effortless relationships, we have to put the work in. To appreciate the beauty of life, we have to witness its cruelty. To propel forwards, we have to swing backwards. We have to trust that it will all fall into place. We might not reap the harvest we wish for every day, but the seeds we sow now will grow into the plants for the picking later.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but the seeds that you plant. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
When we face a difficulty, we sigh in despair or cry out in frustration. We’re blinded by the work, the time and the poor odds. But out of every difficulty, a seed sprouts. We can choose to be a fighter or a quitter. We can choose to be versatile or stale. We can choose to find the beauty or the hindrance. It’s hard at the time to be an optimist. But in every difficulty, we’ll find the greatest glory once we realise we conquered it.
At times, it can be overwhelming, exhausting, frustrating and painful, to work tirelessly for an uncertain ending. We cannot guarantee that our hard work will be rewarded with prosperity. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try or that we should cut corners. The sweetest accomplishments are cultivated through time and effort. We might be honoured with our desired outcome. We might equally be honoured with a lesson born out of failure, which in turn leads us another step closer to our desired outcome. What we create for instant satisfaction will quickly fade, because we’re not invested in the same way, and it isn’t as stable or perpetuating. So don’t be afraid to take time and to put in the effort. It will all come to something greater.
One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast withers as rapidly; and that which grows slow endures. – Josiah Gilbert Holland
In an attempt to measure success, we inevitably measure failure, obstacles, boundaries. But do we value them or value the absence of them? Many of us view failure as a sign of weakness, imperfection, and unoriginality. But that is not the case at all, as long as we do not allow any failure, any obstacle, any boundary to be point at which we end the journey. Every time we overcome, re-cooperate, re-organise, our goal becomes even more important. The success isn’t made sweeter by how quickly or effortlessly we got there, but instead by how much we were willing to struggle, to put in the time, to never give up. You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.
It’s so discouraging to hit a low point in any aspect of our lives, whether in relationships, in a project, in our work, in our goals, especially when we know we’ve been putting in the effort and time. It’s like we’re running uphill but going nowhere or desperately trying to find land but stuck in the middle of the sea. But let’s not give up. Even if we have to walk, crawl, float, take a breath, we mustn’t give up, because we are getting closer and closer. With each step, we’re covering more ground, we’re getting better, and we’re figuring out what will and won’t work. With each step, we’re moving forward, even if we feel like we’re going backwards or around in circles. Don’t stop now; what you’re looking for might just be round the corner.
The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a miracle happens.
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That which we put our utmost effort into will be that which we value the most. We cannot expect opportunities to fall into our laps, for people to continue to seek relationships with us, or for growth, progress and achievement, without some effort. The results may not be instantaneous. They may even be shadowed with unfavourable light, troublesome circumstances, and moments of pressure. Effort is hard work in itself. But good things come to those who do and to those who wait. Be determined and persevere.