My last post was on how life requires effort. We all know that is, oh, so true. The effort required for life begins when we are very young. We have to drag our butts out of bed to go to school. There we are required to put forth great effort to learn the lessons being taught. This is the very beginning of the life cycle that teaches us, “the more effort we put into it the greater will be our rewards”. In school it is obvious the more effort we put forth, the more we learn and the better are our grades.
Generally, right out of school, we enter the work force. Here we are paid a wage for doing a particular job. Now I know it doesn’t always work this way but here again the more effort you put into it the more you get out of it, ie. raises, bonus and promotions. I know that in the work place things don’t always work this way but I hope you get the point I am trying to make here. The idea being harder work (greater effort) is recognized and rewarded.
We can see that in our dealings with the “outside” world that the more the effort put out the greater the return back becomes.
Do we ever stop to think that this may also apply to within our own personal lives? When I say personal lives, I am actually meaning it in 2 different ways:
1) Personal life meaning relationships with spouse, children, family and friends. Let’s just take children as an example. As a parent, it is our job to raise our children. In raising a child we firstly provide the basics food, clothing and shelter, hopefully in a safe environment.But, when you think of it, that is only the tip of the ice berg when it comes to parenting. It is our job to teach our children how to become good healthy, well adjusted adults, prepared to go out on their own and face the world. This is the part that can require a whole lot of effort, can seem never ending and even thankless. This I believe is generally one of the biggest examples of the more effort put forward now yields the greatest returns later. The “return” being able to see your children as well adjusted adults.
A thought just hit me as I am sitting here. If we fore go the parenting part of raising our children. We can in fact become some one more akin to a landlord providing room and board to young unpaying tennant that are raising themselves.
2) Living with the inner me. I am the inner me. I live constantly with my own thoughts and feelings. How much effort do I put into feeling good about this person that is me. The person I see staring back at me in the mirror every morning. It takes effort to work on myself but this is the ultimate example of the more effort put in the greater will be the return as we become better, healthier, happier people.
Geesh, we really are talking a whole lot of effort being exerted all the time. No wonder we are all so tired all the time.
I look back now and can really see, most of my life, I had my priorities mixed up. I put way to much effort into my endevours in the “outside world”. In all areas of my life I needed to have my priorities in a more proper or better order.
At times it is hard to accept we are human and there will be many times when our best efforts are not enough to accomplish everything we would like to. We may not have the energy or the TIME.
As humans we have our limits, our frailties that can limit the energy we have to expend. Maybe I or we have to look at each day individually. OK, I have this amount of energy I can use today. How am I going to use it, wisely I hope.
For me and many others “time” has become a major factor in our lives. I know I have to, but maybe everyone should look at each day and realize, I have only so much time in this day, how am I going to most wisely use it. Oh, time is such a big one, none of us know how much of it we have left. It has to be used wisely
I want to say first off you are a very strong person. It takes a lot to put yourself out there and tell people your story. I have not been told I am dying but I lost my dad suddenly in July of 2008. He was mowing the lawn came in and sat on the floor in front of the air conditioner he said he did not feel good. My mom went out to put cans in the trash and when she came back in he was gone. I am sharing this because I might not have been the one that died but I know a part of me died with him. I know this is not to comforting but to those of us who are alive and are looking forward to living a long life it makes us realize that life is more precious than we had ever thought and when we face the loss of some one we love it makes you realize how much you could, should have, but did not do. I am so sorry that you are ill and I wish you all the very best. I wish everyone could love forever but God has plans for us all. And though I am hoping to live long enough to watch my children grow up I know that life is mysterious and no one knows when it is our time. God bless you and take care.
Hi Lash, thank you for stopping by and leaving this very touching comment. My condolences go out to you and yours for the loss of your father.
I have often said that I do believe an illness and/or death is much harder on the families that are left behind.It is as you say, God does have plans for all of us, knowing and accepting that can make life and any burdens in it so much easier.
I have so much more to say on this, so much that I am going to put it in a post. I hope you may read and comment further.
(((((((((((( LASH ))))))))))))
At the drop of a hat–whole lives get changed.
I think it was hearing ‘Taps’ this morning, the standing of a soldier next to the symbol of the fallen….
Some moments you can ‘do’ more than others, eh?
Hi Mel, isn’t that just the truth. Seemingly, at the drop of a hat our entire lives can be changed. We just never know if or when that hat may drop. Have to remember though when that hat does drop it can also change lifes for the better.