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Importance of Making an Effort! No Such Thing as Something for Nothing; Don't Sit Around, Make a Name for Yourself!

Updated on August 18, 2018
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Ann enjoys writing about social issues, inspired by something topical or personal experience. She finds common sense lacking in politics.

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No Such Thing as a Free Meal

Who was it who said that? They were right.

There’s always a catch. Heaven forbid, you might have to do something to earn it, you might have an unexpected forfeit or the ‘free meal’ might be rubbish or possibly not even exist. You’ll feel cheated, badly treated, upset.

Well, I’m sorry, but it’s your own fault. More fool you! Why should you have anything for free without expecting to do something in return (family and friends excepted of course)?

You think it’ll be easy. You won’t have to work for it, you’ll just sit back and let it happen, let the others make the effort and clear up after; all you’ll have to do is smile and say thank you. Think again!

Are You Special?

Why should you expect that? Are you special? Are you better than the next man or woman? Are you above having to pay or work for something? Are you feeling lucky? ‘Well, are you, punk?’!

‘Oh, but I don’t have any money!’ Well, go and find a job then!

‘But I deserve a treat because I haven’t had one for ages.’ Treats are a given are they? Have you earned one? When was the last time you gave someone else a treat?

Did you see that ad on tv today? You can play bingo, they'll give you a £10 start; you'll have a free game. Do you really think you'll win? Do you expect to come away even with that £10? Don't kid yourself! They're reeling you in, setting you up to lose, playing with your emotions.

No Money!

What shall I do?
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What Do You Want from Life?

What do you get out of sitting back and letting everyone else do the work? What do you gain by not making an effort, by not working, by lazing about all day? There’s no satisfaction, no feeling of achievement, no personal pride.

What’s that? You’re shy? You’re scared of trying to find a job? You’re bothered people won’t like you?



Be Realistic

Well join the club! If that sounds a bit harsh, maybe it is. Yes we can all have misgivings about having to go out into the big, bad world, find a job, make an effort, interact with others and make a success of our lives; but think about this - you have a choice. To do or not to do. To risk or not to risk. You have free will.

Will you sit in front of that tv and gamble your life away or will you get out there to earn an honest living? Will you give yourself some self-esteem? What will you do today to make you feel proud?

You have a whole world around you made up of inspiring people, disabled people, disadvantaged people, many of whom make the most of their lives, indeed surpass the achievements of many others. They have determination, they have courage, they want to succeed and they want to overcome any kind of obstacle thrown at them.

What About the Natural World?

Think, too, about nature. Think about all those animals, birds, fish who survive inhospitable environments, with predators ready to kill them at any second, who live in extreme temperatures, hot or cold. It’s the survival of the fittest. We used to be like that but now, mostly, we have places to shelter us, people to help us, easy lives.

That doesn’t mean we should slip into complacency. We should keep striving for what we aspire to, be determined to better ourselves, push ourselves to our limits.

Working & Surviving

Singing for their Supper
Singing for their Supper | Source

Consider the Blackbird

Let’s take an example. Look at the blackbird who has no idea where his next meal is coming from, who has to watch out for the cat over each wall or hedge, who freezes in the winter and has no water to drink, who suffers in a hot summer when the waters dry up.

The blackbird sings his little heart out in the morning and in the evening. He chatters at us when we get too near, scolding our impropriety. He fluffs up his feathers against the cold and hopes that he survives another day.

All the time, his eyes shine bright, he makes our spirits soar when we hear him, he brightens our gardens and he fights his corner. Each day he keeps trying, he finds his food and drink and he flies high and courageously. He builds a home, looks after his young and keeps going as long as he can.

Have a go at being the blackbird! Go out, fend for yourself, be courageous and make other people’s hearts sing.

If you don't Try, you won't Fly

(or - Get off your Backside!)

You stay at home, not venturing forth,

you sit and think, feeling no worth.

You see the jobs all advertised,

you think the rest more qualified.

You stare at the phone, it doesn’t ring,

you can’t pick it up, you fear the sting.

You see your peers achieving much,

you feel your best isn’t good enough.

Your see them all spending their money,

you don’t have any, that’s not so funny.

What can you do? There’s nothing for it,

you stay at home with empty pockets.

One day you look out from your room,

the snow lies deep, a grey-white gloom.

All creatures have a hard time there,

they cannot live without good fare.

You see a blackbird, fluffed up, bright-eyed;

he isn’t moaning, he has his pride.

He sings aloud with all his might,

e’en though this might be his last night.

His eyes so clear are full of hope,

one last place he can feed - he’ll cope.

He’s found there, sheltered by the wall,

your water, bread in softened balls.

Saved one more day to meet the sun

the blackbird sings till day is done.

His voice so joyful, shrill and loud

gives thanks to you, to make you proud.

Tomorrow you’ll no longer cry

because you’ll try and then you’ll fly.

Be Brave, Sing Out

the Blackbird Sings for his Supper
the Blackbird Sings for his Supper | Source

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© 2014 Ann Carr


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    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      15 months ago from SW England

      Great comments, DREAM ON! I appreciate the way you think and your stream of thought. You have so many pertinent points here. I understand that you have a myriad of thoughts and need to get them down on paper. I especially understand your father's influence; I had a Dad like that.

      The 'seat of the pants' flavour of this hub was because I was annoyed at someone for thinking they were entitled to something regardless; I can still feel that annoyance now!

      Don't stop putting pen to paper! Use all those thoughts to spread your ideas to the world!

      Have a happy weekend!


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      DREAM ON 

      15 months ago

      I came across your hub and little did I know I read it three years ago. I loved it then and I love it now. In life I think we all get busy doing things and trying to bring out our own personal best. For those who don't try they are lazy or have no motivation. Maybe they were never taught to push when the going gets tough. They learned to give up when the chips are stacked against us. When we are in a hole the only way is to dig ourselves out. I had a lot of influence from my father. I think things in life are not random but in Gods Big Plan how we learn and live decides what direction we shall go. Nothing happens only by chance. There is a reason for everything. We may not be able to comprehend the reason or think of a way to get to the right results. If we keep trying there are clues. Writing on the wall my father use to say. My father has been gone twenty six years to the day and I was thinking of how much I missed him and what he has taught me. Your hub came up and the rest is history. Some people would think that was luck or coincidence not me. I know better it was my father reminding me I am still here. All you have to do is look. I am in your blood. I am in your spirit. When you do something good you make me proud. When you do something bad I know you know better. So take this time now and every day forward and learn from what I could teach you and go farther. Do better than I could. Isn't that what life is really about. Helping someone else so they don't have to struggle your struggles. They can be lifted higher and go farther. So your children can become more than you. Each generation learns from the one before. Then one day we can learn instead of insulting, hurting, killing one another. We can pass the baton on. Cheering each other on. Sharing in the success and the glory. We all our people. We live and breath by the same air. Need to eat to survive. Isn't it time we admit we are human with many faults. We also have the greatest minds that no computer even to this day can match. We are the most incredible life that has ever walked on earth. When will we start using common sense and lots of good old fashioned hard work and sweat to get things done. Both physical and mental. I want to thank you for so many of your comments over the years that keep on pushing me to new heights. I love your hubs and haven't read as many as I would like. Because I get thinking and they stir up all kinds of thoughts. These thoughts aren't easily processed in my brain. They create dreams and new and old thoughts. I follow them not in an organized fashion. They tug at me like a little child always wanting more when I think I have reached my limit. I keep going and looking for answers. I know they are there. I don't always see them. To be honest I hardly ever see them. I am too busy with my head in the clouds thinking of a world that doesn't exist yet. That is the dreamer in me. I haven't learned how to make the proper mix or practical and imagination together. You would think after all these years. My imagination has the upper hand and dominates me but then I get a dose of reality and know I need a balance of both. I haven't given up but I have tried many projects that fell short of my expectations. I have gone back to step one and begin to try all over again. I see in the future and I think big companies like Google already have it. Ways to tap into your creativity and imagination and transfer it to progress. I would like to take it main stream. For everyone to learn how to do. Not for the profit of one group of people but for many of thousands that need a little extra. I can go on and on but I don't want you to think I am rambling. I am very passionate about what I say and do. Your hub was written with the energy and kick in the pants attitude. If you want it get it. If you have time to complain then you have the energy to fix the problem. Well I will stop there. If you want me to clarify any thought I might of expressed here I would be glad to give you full detail. Thank you for your wisdom and love. Have a great night. May this comment find you with the right amount of humor and generosity to man.

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      Ann Carr 

      15 months ago from SW England

      Well, thank you, Sally, for popping in again; great to see you! Thank you once more for your kind comment and input.

      Hope you enjoy your weekend too.


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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      15 months ago from Norfolk

      I love it when a little gem like this one pops up again into my mailbox. It was a real pleasure to read it again. It also serves to remind me and others that we are here to make something of our lives and without that input, we certainly are not going anywhere. Have a terrific weekend.

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      Ann Carr 

      15 months ago from SW England

      Well, Claire, I'm honoured by your visits this morning; thank you.

      I've come across many people who don't seem to realise that the world owes them nothing. It's such fun to make your own way too so they're missing out in all sorts of ways.

      Have a great weekend!


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      Claire Raymond 

      15 months ago from UK

      Nicely put, so many people think that the world owes them something for simply existing!

    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      Thanks, ps! Yes, I get cross when people moan about their lot and expect someone else to solve their problems.

      On the other hand, there are people like you who are an inspiration when life throws things at them. We would all do well to take a leaf out of your book and we should be ashamed when we moan about anything.

      Thank you for your kind words. All the best to you from a warm, sunny Somerset.


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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      You nailed it Ann....we could learn many things from our precious animals in nature....

      there is no free ride...nor should there be.

      This is so powerfully stated....well done

      Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

      Voted up++++

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      mumsgather: Thank you very much for reading and commenting. Yes, no one else is going to do the work for you! I appreciate your kind comments about the poem; this actually started with the poem alone but I thought I'd better beef it up a bit! Good to see you here.


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      4 years ago

      An inspiring message indeed. Yes, if you don't make an effort to help yourself, who will? If you don't work hard, how can you expect to reap the rewards? I really like the poem at the end too. :)

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Of course, DREAM ON, you may copy this to put on your fridge door. I don't mind anyone doing such things as long as it's not used for publication!

      I agree totally with what you say here. Working honestly brings satisfaction and appreciation of what we've got.


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      DREAM ON 

      4 years ago

      I love your message and would love to ask your permission if I could copy your hub and put it on my refrigerator door. I was taught you have what bought from all your hard work and take care of it. Anything else is really not necessary in life. My father use to say you don't really own anything everything is just being borrowed until the day you die. You can't take it with you when you go. I also was taught it is not what you do but how you do it. So money was never top of my list. Doing a job and doing it well.No matter what the pay. I see it's a different world today. I like my old traditional values and views.I may never be rich. You can't buy happiness. I feel the greatest satisfaction out of doing something good. Once again there is an old saying that goes something like this ... If something is worth doing something is worth doing good.Thank you for your message and I hope others listen too.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Dream On: That's an interesting saying; I've never heard that before! So true. Yes, people that do many things always have time for something else and the wisdom to help others too. Thanks for reading and for the great comment. Ann

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      DREAM ON 

      4 years ago

      I enjoyed your hub.I remember and old saying if you want help ask a busy man.He will make the time where a man with free time will make excuses.So true.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Thank you teaches. I appreciate your visit and comment. Yes, I think if we bear in mind how hard life is for all the birds and wild animals, our lives are fairly easy in comparison and it should make us get things into gear! All the best to you. Ann

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Now that you mention it, I do hear these birds singing every morning. I guess I missed how important that is to our world. Thank you for the lovely message. Blessings!

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      mylindaelliott: I think that's a denial thing - 'I'm winning' when gambling just ignores the fact that they've already lost money, probably a lot! You're right, that's money for nothing too, or in this case loss of money for nothing!

      Thanks for reading and leaving your input; good to see you again. Ann

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      4 years ago from Louisiana

      I agree. I'm amazed at the people who tell me about all the money they 'win' by gambling. They never factor in all the money they lost.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Ebonny, thanks for reading and for your kind comment. Yes, it bothers me greatly that the number of free-loaders is rising. I appreciate your support. Ann

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      4 years ago from UK

      I especially liked where you said that people expecting a treat should instead be thinking when was the last time they gave someone else a treat! Love that and hope I will remember to use this analogy next time the opportunity presents itself.

      Too many people expect huge rewards and instant gratification for the slightest of effort and when this is not forthcoming they give up and are content to rely on others to support them in life. Thanks for the reminder that self-motivation and making the effort is vital.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      always exploring: Thanks for your kind comments and your thoughts. We have many who obtain benefits and 'cheat' the system.

      This was also aimed at those who don't have confidence to do anything and need to think about the situation other than concentrating on self-pity or feeling 'scared'. Both sets of people need the courage to do something.

      I appreciate you reading and your lovely compliments.

      All the best to you. Ann

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I was brought up to believe that work was important and handouts were not around. Today many believe the government should take care of them. In my little town we have an apartment complex for low income families, they all are young able-bodied people who live off the state. Please believe me when i say " Give aid to the needy. " but the lazy need not apply. Great hub..Great poem!

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Thank you so much, Faith. You are always so supportive and I appreciate that so much. Glad you liked the poem - that's what initiated the hub! Thoroughly enjoying my day in sunny Somerset; it's a glorious springtime all of a sudden. Hope your day is as good too, Faith. Ann

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Ann, I missed this powerful message so beautifully written! I love this. Yes, sitting around will get us nowhere and there we will sit. Your poem is awesome too. Great hub!!! Up and more and sharing. Have a blessed day, Faith Reaper

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Thanks Mel; not sure I know that song. Appreciate you stopping by and leaving your kind comment. Ann

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      Mel Carriere 

      4 years ago from San Diego California

      You should have included a video of that old Rush song "Something for Nothing" as a soundtrack. Especially if you are a writer you have to get off your butt no matter how good you are. Wise words.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      I know what you mean DDE! That's just ignorance, impolite and offensive. I wouldn't invite them again either. Thanks for the visit. Ann

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I know people who will just come over for a meal and that to me is so low. When we invited to the m supper one evening thinking we can enjoy the time together that did not happen they ate and went off the the women did not eat all day she chose to wait for the supper. I will not invite those people ever again to my home.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Hi sallybea! Yes, I totally agree with you. Great to see you here and I appreciate you reading and commenting. Enjoy your weekend too! Ann

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      4 years ago from Norfolk


      Bravely said - there are far too many people out there who think they are entitled to a handout. Some people I know have never worked and I don't think they have any intention of ever doing so.

      If people receive benefits - their entitlement should be based on them taking on work when it is offered to them - even if it is demeaning work. Refusal should mean that their benefits should be stopped.

      Have a great week-end


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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Jodah: So glad you like this one. Yes, I'm fed up with everyone wanting handouts and I like the satisfaction of succeeding on one's own. Thanks for the visit and such a kind comment. Enjoy your weekend. Ann

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      I've been doing a lot of ranting lately (mostly about the Somerset Levels) so I thought I'd let off steam a bit! This actually started out as the poem on its own, then I thought I'd better develop it further and my thoughts just ran away with me.

      I was trying to make this more forceful than usual so I'm glad you love it. Praise indeed. You enjoy a fab weekend too, bill.


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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful hub Ann with an important message. We need to make the effort to look after ourself and family like the blackbird without complaining or expecting handouts. Love the poem too. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well sheez, Ann, why don't you tell us how you really feel? LOL I absolutely love this message. I am so tired of entitlements and the sense that some have that they are owed something. It seems to be increasing, have you noticed?

      I am approached often by HP newcomers who can't figure out why they aren't making money writing. After quizzing them a bit it turns out they write one article a week and then sit back and wait for the money to flow in. Well dream on, folks!

      Did I mention I love this article? Well I do.

      Have a great weekend my friend.



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