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Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.
-- Dale Carnegie


Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Joy in the effort

If life required no effort, then it would offer no satisfaction. Those who avoid effort also avoid accomplishment. If there was no need for commitment, there would be no experience of fulfillment. If there was no price to pay, there would be nothing to buy.

The ability to make a difference is one of life’s greatest blessings. And that ability is expressed through effort. When you seek to make a real and substantial effort, what you’ll end up with is a real and valuable achievement.

Meaningful efforts can be difficult and painful. Yet their burdens are more than outweighed by the value they create. When you see just the burdens, you’re only seeing half the picture. In the burden of the effort is the value of the accomplishment.

Making the effort will extract the value. Keep that in mind and let each effort, though difficult, become a joy. Make the effort, make a difference, and you’ll partake in the full richness of life.

— Ralph Marston

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