My summer vacation is quickly coming to an end. I have sooooooo enjoyed the time off from school, but I am anxious to "get er done". Working at getting my degree has been both rewarding and challenging! I love the feeling of accomplishment and PRIDE that comes with completing a task well. Working HARD at WHATEVER you do (school, housework, weight loss, ......) is the ONLY way you can experience the pride that comes along with the reward. If things are handed to us, without having to put out an effort (.....a quick weight loss fix, better paying job, higher standard of living..) it doesn't come with the reward of a "job well done". Wanna know why soooooooo many (95% of dieters!!! According to stats) people gain their weight back (and then some!) after losing it? Most (if not all!) of the time, it was lost using a fad diet, pills or some other "quick fix". Biology is partly to blame (you destroy your metabolism doing that stuff!) but I also think it is psychological. If you put "blood, sweat and tears" into something, you are more likely to appreciate it, cherish it and PROTECT it. I lost my weight the old fashioned way..HARD work. And you better believe I plan on protecting my "reward" for the rest of my LIFE! I NEVER want to have to lose 90+ lbs again!!
I feel the same way about getting my degree. It has COST me something. Time away from my family, looooooooong hours studying, stress, TEARS, the ability to "keep up" with household organization at times (All it takes is ONE semester for my closet to become a wreck!)........... . Thankfully, God (and the Good ole US of A!) has provided the finances to go to school, but I pay a price in many other areas of my life. My point is, HARD work is GOOD for us and contributes to our self worth. Honestly, I think many Americans have lost that drive to WORK for something. We always want our problems fixed the quick and easy way. The faster we can get something, with the least amount of effort-the better! Example-credit card debt! How many people actually SAVE money for something they want any more?! Really!! They see something, they want it, they BUY it. They may (or may not) actually pay for it, and if they DO, they usually pay 3-4 times MORE than it was worth to begin with.
Why have we become so lazy, so entitled!? (Any thoughts?)
My point of this post (which is NOTHING like what it started out being when I began!) is no matter WHAT you do, Do it WELL! Even the Bible says "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going." Ecclesiastes 9:10 (New American Standard version).
If you are a young Mom- wiping a baby's dirty face, a housewife- mopping a filthy floor, a teacher-teaching our youth, a college student-preparing for your future, a receptionist-answering phone calls, a person-trying to become healthier and lose some weight.......Do it WELL, do it with ALL your might and I promise, not only will you will GREAT results, you will have the PRIDE that comes with a job well done!