Life Takes Effort…

Posted: April 12, 2010 in Experience
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The effort required for life begins when we are very young. We have to drag our butts out of bed to go to school. There we are required to put forth great effort to learn the lessons being taught. This is the very beginning of the life cycle that teaches us, “The more effort we put into it the greater will be our rewards”. In school it is obvious the more effort we put forth, the more we learn and the better are our grades.

Generally, right out of school, we enter the work force. Here we are paid a wage for doing a particular job. Now I know it doesn’t always work this way but here again the more effort you put into it the more you get out of it, ie. Raises, bonus and promotions. I know that in the work place things don’t always work this way but I hope you get the point I am trying to make here. The idea being harder work (greater effort) is recognized and rewarded.

We can see that in our dealings with the “outside” world that the more the effort put out the greater the return back becomes.

Do we ever stop to think that this may also apply to within our own personal lives? When I say personal lives, I am actually meaning it in 2 different ways:

1) Personal life meaning relationships with spouse, children, family and friends. Let’s just take children as an example. As a parent, it is our job to raise our children. In raising a child we firstly provide the basics food, clothing and shelter, hopefully in a safe environment. But, when you think of it, that is only the tip of the ice berg when it comes to parenting. It is our job to teach our children how to become good healthy, well adjusted adults, prepared to go out on their own and face the world. This is the part that can require a whole lot of effort, can seem never ending and even thankless. This I believe is generally one of the biggest examples of the more effort put forward now yields the greatest returns later. The “return” being able to see your children as well adjusted adults.

A thought just hit me as I am sitting here. If we fore go the parenting part of raising our children. We can in fact become some one more akin to a landlord providing room and board to young unpaying tenant that are raising themselves.

2) Living with the inner me. I am the inner me. I live constantly with my own thoughts and feelings. How much effort do I put into feeling good about this person that is me. The person I see staring back at me in the mirror every morning. It takes effort to work on myself but this is the ultimate example of the more effort put in the greater will be the return as we become better, healthier, happier people.
Geesh, we really are talking a whole lot of effort being exerted all the time. No wonder we are all so tired all the time.

I look back now and can really see, most of my life, I had my priorities mixed up. I put way to much effort into my endeavors in the “outside world”. In all areas of my life I needed to have my priorities in a more proper or better order.

At times it is hard to accept we are human and there will be many times when our best efforts are not enough to accomplish everything we would like to. We may not have the energy or the TIME.

As humans we have our limits, our frailties that can limit the energy we have to expend. Maybe I or we have to look at each day individually. OK, I have this amount of energy I can use today. How am I going to use it, wisely I hope.

For me and many others “time” has become a major factor in our lives. I know I have to, but maybe everyone should look at each day and realize, I have only so much time in this day, how am I going to most wisely use it. Oh, time is such a big one, none of us knows how much of it we have left. It has to be used wisely

Yesterday was a big day for me. I planted 30 hills of potatoes. Now, I know many will read this and just say, huh, so that was about maybe 3o minutes out of your day, so what!!!

Well possibly that may have been about 30 minutes out of the day for many. For me it was an almost all afternoon job. Let’s just say there were “several” breaks for me to huff and puff. OK, there was a lot more time spent sitting in the lawn chair than there was planting time. But, who cares? My point is, I got it done!!!! For me it has been hard, accepting my physical limitations. I find looking back I have too often had a bit of a poor me attitude. I didn’t actually think, “poor me” but I was acting the role. My thoughts were more like: “a few years ago I could have done that and not even given it a second thought. Now is different, with all my commitments it would just take too much time and effort, it just isn’t worth it.”

I can now see that once I started with that thought process, it became like a slippery slope. It became easier and easier to rationalize away doing more and more in life. How many times have I written the importance of living life and not just enduring it. Now I can’t really say I feel like I have been enduring life, my life is good, I know I am a lucky man. What I realize is I am allowing more and more of living life to slip away on me because it would take too much effort.

Irregardless, of health or anything else, LIVING LIFE TAKES EFFORT. Enduring life takes much less. I suppose it is one of those things that the more you put into it the more you will get back.

Obviously, there is a balance here and common sense has to prevail. I concede it is not to likely you will be seeing me running in any marathons at any time, but so what!! Living is doing what you can with what you have!!!

Yesterday, I decided I could plant potatoes in the garden with unprivileged children and I did. Fine it took me a lot longer than it may have for others, but so what. I did it. Not only did I get them planted but with all the time sitting resting in the sun, I soaked up some rays. Any that have looked at my picture will see I have a lot more forehead to burn than do many and burn it did.

Hey, who knows, maybe I will be mountain climbing next. LOL

  1. Salman Ateeq says:

    True that:-) i really love this post. awesome, i’ll copy and use it on my blog if you dont mind 🙂

  2. Mughis Shah says:

    I will promise to you that I will take care of myself. God bless you and the inspiration you freely give.

  3. Safina abrar says:

    Congradulation Miq on getting your potatoes planted!!!! I know how hard it was for you and also how satisfying it was after you got it done. It dosen’t matter how long it took, what matter is you did it. Love

  4. Saba Kamran says:

    Way to go miqdad! That must have felt very satisfying.

    Keep us posted when you cook and eat your taters.

  5. Mel Carter says:

    I’m weary and I tire easily. But I’m still capable! Just capable in ‘chunks’, yaknow? Yeah, ya do..LOL

    *hugs to the potato man!*

  6. Sara Parker says:

    “Living life takes effort – enduring life takes less.”
    No truer words… (I don’t think). How many times have we (oops, I mean Me,I)looked at a duty, a job, a predicament and said “poor me” before even starting or getting out of bed.
    However, once involved, that attitude changed, I, you, we begin to appreciate the effort, planting potatoes as a metaphore for lifes journey. In just an afternoon, How many times did that take your breath away?
    The net result is what I read in you item. You seem happier, healthier(your tanned forehead lol) and (dare I say) wiser..

  7. Sameen Shah says:

    That “do what you can when you can” philosophy has always worked for me — as
    long as I remember to listen to my body and take the necessary breaks. Am I fast?
    Nope. But still I manage to get stuff done. Good on ya,

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