"Work has become a dirty four-letter word these days. Everyone wants to find the easiest, fastest way of doing things. Frogs avoid working like it's the plague and, I suspect, your human friends do, too. No frog, or man, ever drowned in sweat, Little One, and now is the time for all of us, frogs and humans alike, to revive the work ethic we once had." Here are Dharma reasons:
1. Work build character. The world seems to be living in the midst of a character crisis. We throw temper tantrums if we can't have what we want right away. And if getting it involves working hard, then forget it! We move on to something else. We need to relearn discipline. focus, and how to manage our time and resources. We need to learn to ignore the critics, especially our inner one, who tells us it can't be done. Giving up is easy, but easy doesn't build character.
2. Hard work gets results. We must remember that hard work always accomplishes something; we might learn something, or build something...we might even change or improve something. If we want to see something happen, then we must work to achieve it.
3. Hard work draws attention. If you want to get noticed, work hard. The diligent always stand out. Since we live in a culture that increasingly encourages and fosters minimal effort, try giving 110% and see what happens! Whatever you do, do it with heart. Take pride in your job or task. “If a man is called a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr."
4. Hard work brings new opportunities. Hard work can open new doors. Only lazy frogs and humans complain about luck. Dharma likes to say that hard work is an opportunity magnet. Sometimes these new opportunities just simply appear, or they might come through new acquaintances. And sometimes they come as the result of greater insight and understanding that the hard work produced. Opportunity is often missed because it's dressed up like hard work.
5. Hard work blesses others. "No lasting benefit to mankind is achieved without hard work." And while we most often work hard to please ourselves, it can be a very good thing to work hard to please others and help them. That is especially true for caregiver jobs and volunteer work. As you work hard, remember not to worry about who gets the credit. When you work hard, everyone is blessed.
Zig Froglar, the famous salesman and motivational speaker once said, "The elevator to success is not running. You must climb the stairs."
After Dharma Frog left this morning, I sat and sipped on the last cup of tea. I thought about what he said. And it made great sense. Sure, I might have hired a cleaning service to tidy up my pad, but I have a wonderful sense of accomplishment from doing the work myself. And while frogs rarely ever drown, I know that none have drowned from sweating. Hard work does, indeed, make a frog polished. Until tomorrow, I wish you all