Everything Worth Having is Earned

by james mathias / 2010 / personal

I have to tell myself many, many times per day this very thing.

I say, “Sir, anything worth having is worth earning”. You see I firmly believe that nothing in life is ever handed to you, no such thing as a free lunch so to speak.

When things get rough, when my mind tries to trick me into being lazy, or bored, or tempts me to give up, I repeat the above mantra over and over again. I find myself saying it a whole lot.

At the gym, during the work day, playing magic, at night before bed.

I feel like it really helps me find that proverbial second wind, when all I want to do is lie down and sleep. It helps pull me out of funks and climb over plateaus and jump out of ruts.

Knowing, that I must earn everything I want out of life gives me a sense of humility and a keen understanding that nothing will be easy come, and everything I have or do will be appreciated and deserved.

This is a reminder. To me. I hope it helps you too.

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard.
Do not let the pain make you hate.
Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.
Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.

Kurt Vonnegut circa unknown