Wednesday, February 2, 2011

52 Pickup: 5/52

Remember, all 52 pickups are open to interpretation. My interpretation might not be the same as yours - make it yours, make it a mantra, make it life lived well.

This week the pickup is:

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
– Sir Winston Churchill

As most of you know, we were just hit with quite the wallop of snow. Admittedly, at first, I pish-poshed at the whole matter. I've seen snow. I've seen lots of snow. No need to get all worked up about it.

Even I will admit that upon waking up this morning I was humbled. We got a lot of snow! As always I was the first one in the house out to dig around a bit, make some headway, to stave of any threats at our door. I poked around, dug out our walk, began our driveway and gave up. I came back inside, declared it "too much" and called a service.

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is 
dressed in overalls and looks like work."
– Thomas Edison"

This is where my always resilient husband comes in...ever the optimist he said "no", that he would tackle the driveway, snow waist-high or not. And he did. He worked and worked, and, with some neighborly help, he did indeed, dig out our driveway. 

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying this was some miracle - we all must dig out, somehow, but what I was reminded of was simple: sometimes we simply have to remember to perspire. Sometimes we forget how much hard work can go into something - especially something worth doing, that we must pay our rhetorical dues and work hard in order to get where we want to be. Let's be's not always that fun, but you sometimes have to perspire in order to aspire to be more.

The work element can be tedious, tiring, overwhelming at times...but it can also be fun, fulfilling, all-encompassing, nourishing, soulful, remarkable, valuable, defining, enlightening, and worth every moment. 

Have you given in too easily with something? Not chased a dream as hard as you could? Maybe need to re-dedicate to the path you've chosen? Have you forgotten to perspire, or how to perspire? Well, get out there then! Shovel the snow and muck, do your work, get there!

"In a free society, every opportunity comes with three obligations. First, you must seize it. You must mold it into a work that brings value to others. Second, you must live it. Opportunity is nurtured only by action. Third, you must defend the freedom to pursue opportunities."
– Robert C. Goizueta


Brandi said...

I've always been a hard worker and stubborn. The biggest challenge for me is knowing when it's okay to change my plans and walk away from something if my dreams change.

k said...

aw, I LOVED this post and your words!! they were really encouraging and definitely something to think about. even if i don't have all that snow to shovel :)

Tricia said...

Brandi - usually I'm the same, to a fault. Except with huge piles of snow apparently...and sometimes it can take a bit to get going and then after it's all good. Again, except with snow ;)

Sandie {A Bloggable Life | 365} said...

My answer is yes & no, I've done both. Sometimes I've given up on a thing (but not hastily I might add), and other times I've stuck it through. Growing up on a farm, the work ethic was pretty strong---there was no choice---you worked until you could literally work no more. But there's also that balancing act, about knowing when to walk away, like Brandi touched on, above. Sometimes the lines get blurred. That said, I liked the encouraging tone of this post, regardless of the balancing act. It's good to be reminded to dig in and work a little harder!