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Life Owes Us Nothing

Updated on February 6, 2012

Life Owes Us Nothing

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

Have you ever thought that life owes you something, the answers to your dreams, the fulfilment you deserve and the happiness of which you are entitled? Of course you have, we value our needs and wants highly, regardless of anything or anyone else.

The truth of it is simple and obvious but most people miss it, wanting to complicate life and their living of it. Life owes us nothing and what we deserve or don’t deserve is not about justice but balance, purely dependent on our actions. What follows in our lives does so because of our actions, attitudes and perspective. The more we put into life, the more we get out of it. Expecting what you want to just manifest is grossly ignorant. What we want results from us making it happen through energy, attention and action.

There are no givens in life, just opportunities. Opportunity arises when we know what we want and we take action to make that happen. Luck is not granted us; it is deserved as a reward of action. As the saying goes ‘it only took ten years of constant and arduous work to become an overnight success.’ Life is free, but the benefits of it are at a cost, our cost.

There is no movement or learning from remaining at rest. Forgive the platitude but a journey always begins with a single step. And so must we, to make our dreams come true, make a step in that direction. Luck, opportunity and success are results of our enterprise, our efforts toward a goal. However small the step, it brings you closer and offers more steps toward success. The journey is always about learning and without that we would not be ready to experience our goal. What each journey offers is the experiences needed to accept what we want and desire.

Goals are often misguided and many times not what we really want. The journey toward the goal both verifies its validity and what we need to achieve to uphold that goal once reached. Reaching a goal is never an end, but the beginning of the responsibility associated with that goal. For example, if you wanted to be a pop star, you would not only need to be a proficient singer and performer, but you would need to learn about the industry. You would need to understand the impact of paparazzi, the lack of privacy, managing money, taxes, staff and so on. This information cannot be gained overnight and a balanced perspective and understanding would only come from experience and learning. Without this journey, no-one would cope and the dream would dissolve quickly. We have all seen this before.

So in determining our goals, we should be careful and understand what is necessary to attain them. This information then becomes the skeleton of your journey, the foundation from which you will ascend to the heights of your chosen field of endeavour. It may no be a career; it could be giving up cigarettes, losing a few pounds or taking a class for a hobby you’d like to undertake. Regardless of the goal, the process of attainment is the same. We need to understand the goal, what is necessary to reach it by abilities and training, and finally take those necessary steps, with focused energy and determination.

It’s no good awaiting success, it doesn’t follow you around, it comes because of your input, your wants and actions. The world owes us nothing at all, just the opportunity to do what we want. Whether that happens or not is solely up to us.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I'm glad it struck a chord, Dexter. Thanks for dropping by.

      Thanks Phil, glad you connected. It's easy to lose focus sometimes. We all need reminders to kick-start our actions.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Yes, without action, intentions lead to very little. This is a good hub to remind us of this, voted up and awesome.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      7 years ago from United States

      Much wisdom! Thanks for sharing. I learned some lessons that I will use from this point forward.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks again Happyboomernurse; so glad you enjoyed and connected with my hub.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub packed with much wisdom. Learning the lessons you've written about in this hub empowers us and helps us assume full responsibility for the course our lives are taking. Voted up, useful and awesome.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you agree ahorseback. Thanks for reading and making a comment. Much appreciated.

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      7 years ago

      Excellent messege Tony , so so true , And yet we all go on ....waiting for the handout....:-}

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      'The Gift of Pen' an apt name. And might I say a very attractive pen. I'm glad you connected and thank you for reading. Hope you enjoy your HubPages experience and perhaps read a few more of my offerings. Take care, Tony.

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      The Gift of Pen 

      7 years ago from UK

      This hub is great, and very relevant to my last couple of days! Keep publishing :D x

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Ebower, glad you connected. Thanks for reading and making a comment.

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      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      This is so true. We have to be realistic when setting our goals. Making one's dreams come true requires a lot of hard work and sometimes a little luck as well. I voted this up and useful!


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