“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Theodore Roosevelt
How true these words are, aren’t they? Can there be anything more satisfying than working hard at something you feel is worthwhile — that matters and makes a difference?
Now some would say that working hard is a fool’s game — that the real trick is to slip through life easily and let others do the heavy lifting. And some would say that the real trick is to look like you’re working hard when you are really just coasting along.
But those of us who choose the creative life know that working hard is what counts — pouring yourself out into an endeavor that we believe has value and meaning.
You know the feeling, don’t you? The moment when you are facing something difficult in your writing? The moment when you have two choices? You can choose to throw up your hands and walk away — or you can dive back in, start brainstorming, and pull out something better from somewhere deep inside you. Something you didn’t even know was in you until you were forced to struggle to find it.
Every day in ways large and small, we face those two choices don’t we? We may be struggling with a story that doesn’t want to yield up a satisfying ending. Or so many distractions that we can’t seem to sit down and focus. Or we may hit a rough patch in our writing and we begin to doubt our ability to finish what we’ve started.
Any or all of these problems — these challenges — can crop up in a writing session. And when they do, let’s keep our eye on “the best prize that life offers” — let’s remember that we are blessed to have the freedom to “work hard at something worth doing” and roll up our sleeves and get it done. Write on!
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