The other night about 2:30 am the power went out at home and the new generator started right up, like it is intended to do, so the house stayed warm and my alarm clock woke me at the right time. It’s the first time the generator has been ‘tested’ and while I was trying to get back to sleep after the sound of it woke me, I was thinking how wonderful it is when things work out according to a plan.
I’ve been feeling the same way over the last couple of weeks at work, when we finally – after months of planning – have implemented a new program and it has turned out to be a wonderful thing to behold. Students are excited about their classes, engaged in the learning, and even talking about school outside of school – imagine that! It’s the kind of response from students that I want to see all the time.
This morning in yoga class I accomplished two things: a handstand and – AND a headstand. Whew! What a sense of accomplishment I had after that, particularly because it had been quite a long time since I’d done either of those poses. Yeah, baby, it felt good.
I could go on and on about things in life that have worked out, because there are so many. And some days, when you feel like life is rolling along smoothly and all goes your way, it’s easy to forget that all those things that are working out are not random occurrences that just happened to come your way because it was your lucky day.
No. Things work out because you work hard to make things work out. That generator that started right up and kept me warm did not just appear out in the back yard and magically connect itself to the propane tank. It was actually purchased with money earned from the hard work of two very busy people. And one of those people put a lot of hours into preparing the spot where it would go and connecting it in all the right ways so that when the power failed, the generator wouldn’t.
That wonderful new program at school was the result of many, many people who put in hundreds of hours of planning and collaboration to make it a success.
Believe it or not, I can no longer throw my upper body at the floor and effortlessly lift my legs into the air. I have spent quite a bit of time warming up and pushing myself to stretch, and breath, and bend in such a way that getting upside down is no longer scary and with that focus and concentration I am able, once again, to stand on my hands.
So much of life today seems to be about avoiding effort. How many commercials have you seen lately for pills to help you sleep, or lose weight, or control your anxiety? When did people begin to think a pill was the answer? When did people become too busy to take a long walk in the fresh air so they could sleep at night, maintain a healthy weight, and feel less anxious? It seems that many of the inventions we’ve created to make our lives easier have not worked quite as expected.
In the name of convenience and ‘saving time’ it seems like humanity has given up a bit of their common sense.
Success is not given to you and it can not be bought.
No. Hard work and effort are required to accomplish the things in life that you want to accomplish. And it feels great to know that the result of that hard work may be a more comfortable living space, a more enjoyable work place, a stronger body, or any one of a million other things that can be realized through effort.