If it ever feels like too much, take a breath. Take a moment for yourself. Nothing is worth burning out, or working yourself into the ground, or living in a constant state of anxiety. Being overworked isn’t an accomplishment. Taking care of ourselves is too underrated. But it’s also imperative. Find the right balance. We don’t need to be superhuman to have superpowers.
We always notice the flowers. But those flowers were carefully planted, watered and nurtured. Those flowers grew from toil, sweat and mud. Those flowers didn’t bloom by themselves. You need to be willing to put in the time. You need to be willing to get your hands dirty. Only then can you have a flower bed of your own.
The most satisfying things, the most treasured things, the most earned things in life are those we worked for, sometimes sacrificed for, those we fought for. There’s no value in something that was handed to us. There’s no glory in something we took a shortcut to. The best things in life make you sweaty, with exhilaration, hard work, passion, and perseverance. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. It will be worth it.
There’s no way to reach the top of a mountain other than to climb it. There’s no way to build a pyramid other than to lay the foundation. There’s no way to glide across the sky other than to use your wings and fly up there. To gain altitude, we have to put in the work – to keep going despite the rocky terrain, the beating sun, or the harsh wind. It will be worth it. The view is worth persisting. The higher you get, the better the view.
Bad days, bad luck, bad feeling. Arguments, loneliness, despair, hopelessness. Plans derailed, relationships crumbling, dreams faltering. Sometimes it just gets to the point where we can no longer climb out of our problems. But this isn’t the end. There’s something better on the horizon. We might have to sleep with our problems for a while; they don’t just vanish overnight. But we have to want better for ourselves. We have to be willing to work for it. We have to understand that life takes time. Keep holding on. When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
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
Patience encompasses a great deal more than just waiting. It entails a keen determination to keep going past numerous difficulties. It involves a deep courage to have faith in our visions, dreams and imagination when the end is nowhere in sight. It requires a calmness to accept time as an uncontrollable phenomenon but to chase it nonetheless. Good comes to those who are patient, who persevere, and who are confident.
He that can have patience can have what he will – Benjamin Franklin
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