When the career coaching is over, the skills seminars have packed up, and you’ve returned the success planning books to the library, what is left? You just need to work. It is time to put your head down, draw the shades, and turn all other distracting devices off. I was surprisingly uninspired by the latest motivating post I read on one of my favorite blogs, so it is likely that I am just ready to get to work. What needs to be done? What do I really have to complete in order to move towards the next project?
I have been an attentive student, but it is time to put all of the wise nuggets of advice, words of support and experienced pointers to work. My husband once joked, “We can’t go through life without making at least some effort.” Even if living out our most passionate vocations it will still feel like work and I must remind myself the pressure of work is not bad. Like working to strengthen a muscle, sweat and exhaustion are inevitable. Isn’t that to be expected when purpose is put into action for any worthwhile pursuit? Strong marriages take work. Raising secure and healthy families takes work. Winning athletic medals takes work. Maintaining one’s weight takes work. Graduating from any level of education takes work. Being patient takes work. Cultivating better habits takes work. It’s hard work, but because of the purpose behind it, hard work is the best work.
Regarding his preparation for boarding school, my friend’s ten year old son asked him, “Will there be a lot of work?” His father, not skipping a beat replied, “There is always a lot of work to be done every day, whether or not you are away at school.” To that his son thought for a moment and then asked, “Oh…. will the food be good?” Glad he has his priorities right!
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. -Theodore Roosevelt