Posted by: energywriter | April 29, 2016

Work is better than Wishes

Thoughts to Ponder

April 29, 2016

 “…Many are waiting for their life to take off.

Who’s going to tell them that this could be their problem?

Don’t wait, do something, anything, everything you can think of.”

The Universe*

This message rings true. How many years have we wasted waiting for life to take off, for success to arrive, for a gigantic pay raise?

Well, we can all agree that’s not going to happen unless we put some effort behind the wait. We hear so many stories about people achieving instant success–overnight sensations. We don’t hear that the musician played for years at local bars for what beer he could drink during his show. We don’t hear that the famous artist waited tables while earning an MFA degree. We don’t hear about the writer who has fourteen unsold novels and 100 rejection letters in her closet.

I must admit that I am one of those who quit when the going got hard. My parents believed that success belonged to the wealthy and that poor people worked until they died – still poor. But, I can’t blame my parents. I had more opportunities than they, yet always hoped that prosperity would come from the end of a fairy’s wand. Of course, life didn’t turn out that way. I had some successes and some failures and overall have earned a place a little higher on the prosperity ladder than my parents enjoyed.

Still, I always wanted to say, “I did this” or “I was presented that award.” It may be that one day I’ll be able to say those things, but I’ve finally learned that, as much as I don’t want to, I need to work for what I want. It took me long enough to face that fact. One role model who inspires me is Thomas Edison, inventor of the electric light bulb, the phonograph and many other useful items. He said,

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Work is what I always tried to avoid. So, here I am, just now learning about being willing to work. Sometimes it’s still hard. I get up in the morning and want to read the paper and reply to emails while I relax in my recliner. Then I choose to go for a walk or solve a puzzle, but not work. It’s not easy to break a life-long habit of waiting for success to fall in my lap.

But, here I am putting these words on paper. This means I have to start taking steps to reach my goals.

Spirit, Thank you for this awareness, even though it has come late in life. If I’m willing to put in the effort, I know that all will turn out for my highest good. Just as we must make an effort to be kind and caring, we must also make an effort to earn our successes. And, so it is.

*Mike Dooley, TUT – A Note from the Universe, April 25, 2016, theuniverse@tut.com

Sharon D. Dillon, energywriter@cox.net, http://energywriter.me

Chesapeake Bay Writers, Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, Southern Humorists, National Society of Newspaper Columnists

Author of one of 14 stories in The Book of Mom: Reflections of Motherhood with Love, Hope and Faith, published by booksyoucantrust.com. Available in print and e-format at Amazon.com

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Responses

  1. Great post! I have found that the satisfaction comes from the work, not the end result per se, but the sense of accomplishment from hard work. If no one did the work, what a boring world we would have! Keep writing!

  2. I enjoyed this. Taking the first step is a step in the right direct. Keep going.

    • Thank you, Pamela. You’re right. The first step is always the hardest.

  3. Love the blog, and the feeling behind it. Agree largely.

    • Thank you for reading. I hope to read your blogs this weekend. Time to go to work now.

  4. Immense talent with no hard work equals far less than minimal talent and immense work. Great post.

    Tim

    • Thank you, Tim. Your comment is so true. We have to earn what comes to us.

  5. I share your sentiments! I waited a long time for everything to fall into my lap as well. The waiting wasn’t fun, and nothing fell in my lap. Now that I’m working hard, the waiting is fun, and things ARE falling in my lap! Great post and great blog 🙂

    • Thank you, Tom. I checked your blog and like your method for starting a new habit. Following you now.

      • 🙂

      • Thank you, Tom.

  6. I recognize myself in this! Not for lack of work exactly, but waiting to be recognized. Great Edison quote! I’ll have to start using that with my (grown) kids.

    • Thank you, Ellis. I work, but not necessary at tasks that feed my heart.

  7. Success that isn’t earned probably isn’t appreciated anyhow. How much better to succeed after working your butt off to achieve it.

    • True. Thank you for reading and commenting, Sheila.

  8. Well said! “Written”
    I think we all have that lap, waiting for something good to land on/in it.

    • Thank you, Linda. You are always working so hard trying to keep all of us on track that you don’t have time to pursue your own goals.


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