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He who angers you conquers you.
-- Elizabeth Kenny


Monday, October 22, 2007

Effortless effort

The direction you’re headed will determine how easily and gracefully you make progress. When you’re moving toward your most authentic desires, the going will feel almost effortless.

Sure, there will be effort involved, and indeed it may be quite complicated and challenging. Yet when that effort is applied in a direction that’s in harmony with who you are, it won’t feel like effort at all.

It will feel like adventure and it will feel like fulfillment. Because that’s exactly what it is.

If your efforts do not feel effortless, if you struggle against them and resent them and avoid them, something is surely wrong. Look closely and carefully at where you are headed, and make sure your actions from moment to moment are in line with the things you value most.

Even the most difficult challenges, even the most demanding efforts can bring real joy as you work through them. When you’re serving a purpose that has real meaning for you, every step is something to be treasured.

Choose a path that leads toward where you truly wish to go. When the effort feels effortless, you’ll know you’re moving in a direction that’s right for you.

— Ralph Marston

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