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Challenge and effort

...something to remember when it gets difficult. :)

Challenge and effort
Accomplishment would have little meaning if it were too easy to come by. The challenge and the effort are what make the reward worth having.

The dreams that are difficult to reach are the dreams that have the most value. For they compel you to stretch your abilities, your knowledge and your expectations beyond previous limits.

The goals that are the most ambitious are the ones that will bring out the best in you. The objectives that require the most effort are the ones that will bring you the most real and lasting value.

If everything you desire could be obtained with no effort, there would be no way to experience the joy of fulfillment. If life had no challenge, it would be unbearably empty.

As you make each difficult effort, know that you are creating real meaning and fulfillment in your life. As you push your way forward through the many challenges, keep in mind how fortunate you are to be able to meet them.

Today you have the opportunity to build your strength and to express your purpose through the efforts that you make and the challenges you face. Enthusiastically embrace that opportunity, and you'll be able to look back on this day with real satisfaction.

-- Ralph Marston


Wed. Feb 22, 7:46am

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effort = fulfillment & meaning in life

Thanks for posting this. I love the idea that one creates "meaning" through effort. It's obvious, I guess. But, as cheesy as it sounds, this type of "analysis" helps me to keep going when I feel lazy or when I start to question the track I've chosen professionally (and feel like starting over in something else).

Also, I like the idea that we need to be mindful of how fortunate we are that we are able to meet challenges. I used to be/sometimes still am really hung up on this point, to the point of guilt that I get to try things that my mom didn't get to try (like grad school in a largely male-dominated field). Or that women in other countries still don't have the same opportunities as men to develop their skills and pursue their interests. What helps me work through those recurring moments of guilt is the (feminist) insight that wasting opportunities that I've worked for doesn't help my mom or anybody else.

Friday, February 24, 2006, 7:37 PM

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