To Toil or Not to Toil?

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To Toil or Not to Toil?

By Tony DeLorger © 2012


Toil is the beginning of worth,

for without struggle and hardship,

what have we to compare,

to give value beyond what is thought alone.


How we feel about ourselves,

is the product of what we overcome,

what we struggle against to live,

to eke out an existence within a competitive world.


Our being must be valued,

must be considered as an opportunity of potential,

a vessel of movement and that out of choice,

to toil and derive the gifts of life.


How we see ourselves without the worth of struggle,

is empty and ineffectual,

giving credence to feelings of worthlessness,

and by it creating a never-ending downward spiral of self-loathing.


In life we always have choice,

always move within the bounds of our expectations,

the confidence we have within our resource,

and the belief we have created about our relationship with the world.


Without toil and the purposeful pursuit of a better life,

there is no hope, no worth or perception of self-reliance,

only the bare ineptitudes of our introspection,

the eroding away of our core belief about us.


Toil is a gift of balance.


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Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks again ImKarn. I thinks there is always hope and we must embrace it for our own preservation. Drop by I shall. Have a great day.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Brilliant Tony. So well said. Without self-worth we have crime...lots and lots of crime. We lose hope - or - have we lost hope? Drop by sometime, big boy..


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Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed it iamaudraleigh. Thanks for dropping by.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Well-written and beautiful hub! I especially liked "In life we always have choice,

always move within the bounds of our expectations,

the confidence we have within our resource,

and the belief we have created about our relationship with the world."

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