Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
American journalist, Edward R. Murrow was born on this day in 1908. (died 1965)
It’s Monday, and collectively we’re groaning as we hit the snooze alarm just one more time.
For most of us, it’s time to get back to work for the week. Hopefully there was a weekend to make it a little worthwhile.
My weekend wasn’t so bad. It wasn’t as full as weekends in recent memory, and not as full as weekends will be in the not too distant future. We’ve had this discussion. I made my decisions about the things that fill my calendar.
It seems that in life we have a tendency to want things the easy way. We want to win the lottery or Publisher’s Clearing House. Or we want the grades to come easily or the weight to just drop off.
But, life isn’t designed that way.
Whatever your goal, your dream, your task, it’s not going to come whilst you’re sitting on the couch eating Butter Pecan ice cream and watching Game of Thrones.
Unless perhaps your goal is to be the Game of Thrones‘ biggest fan, so to speak.
No, goals take work.
That’s why Murrow is right. History doesn’t applaud those who took the easy path. Rather it applauds and recognizes the human spirit that fought the way out of poverty, or fought the way to freedom.
So, for me, in spite of the health setbacks with the shoulder, and the back, and whatever else gets in the way, I still have to work towards a goal of being healthy, and being smaller. There’s no miracle weight loss plan. The recipe, so to speak, is simple.
And, in spite of the revisions and distractions that novel isn’t going to write itself. I need to plant my more than ample backside in my chair and write, write, write.
The same with the blog, the yard, the house, the bank account.
I’m not special. You have things to work on as well. Pick your project.
But maybe, just maybe, we can all be a little more supportive of each other.
Maybe we just need to understand that, whether spoken or not, we all have dreams and goals. And in that, we all have struggles and challenges we have to deal with.
Maybe your coworker is cranky because the loan fell through, or the scales went the wrong way, or there’s a leaky toilet running up the water bill (which has nothing to do with the County coming back to re-read my water meter today).
In this nasty and insane political season, maybe we all just need to be a little more human, and a little more humane.
Also born on this day in 1917 was American singer-songwriter, actress Ella Fitzgerald. (died 1996).