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Is There REALLY An Easier, Softer Way?

Updated on December 1, 2008

 "I'm a big believer in growth. Life is not about achievement, it's about learning and growth, and developing qualities like compassion, patience, perseverance, love, and joy, and so forth. And so if that is the case, then I think our goals should include something which stretches us." --Jack Canfield

I've been told and lead to believe "that anything worthwhile is not easily attainable." I was taught that you must work hard to get what you truly want. But I can also say that I don't mind working hard to achieve what it is I want. I do confess that I still envy those who just seem to have everything "fall on their laps." I know many of them may have worked very hard to get what seems to fall from the sky, right into their hands. I do see a few who it is just a matter of right place, right time. Still further I see those who are simply handed everything and they do not appreciate the gifts that are given them.

Yes I do, get a sense of occaisional frustration, when I see people enjoy the spoils of their good fortune. While I, as it seems, have to work twice as hard to get a third as far. It makes me wonder; what am I doing wrong? Maybe I'm so busy keeping my nose to the grindstone...that I fail to look up, once in a while? I already know the answer to that absurd thought. No. I know that I am the type of person that can not short cut through life.

Everytime I try to follow the most traveled path...It blows up in my face and then I have to back-track find the less traveled, a little more difficult path and walk down it. Not only that but then I have wasted more time and energy, but then I have to catch-up to where I'm supposed to be. So I don't even bother to look for an easier, softer way anymore. Because soft and easy is not what works for me. I do find this rule of thumb to hold true in all avenues of my being. Really, hard work has never killed anybody, but it is amazing what you can live through.

I guess over all that I am thankful that we all don't start out on a level playing field. Because then we wouldn't need to share our various experiences, stories, or goals. We would know what the future holds and life wouldn't be so adventurous.  We need all of the challenges that we face each day...To make us who we are. Not for the sake of others, but for the sake of ourselves.

So I guess what I am trying to say is that I wish for all of you and very happy, exhausting, exciting journey...May you not take one moment of this learning experience for granted.

"Right Place, Wrong Time" by Dr. John

S.O.S....I think?


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