You started off well, and the work flowed. Then, somehow, fatigue set in, and you slowed. The final few steps seem to take forever and two days. And this is where we have to hold on, keep fighting, keep fighting when it’s hard, because we were made for those moments.
You prepare the ground, then you plant, and then you nurture the plant throughout it’s life. Eventually, if it’s a fruit tree, you’ll probably reap the rewards.
The start can be easy, although deciding what to plant can be challenging. But, once we’ve made the choice, we should try to invest in the choice, to create a conducive environment for our ideas to turn into solutions.
It might not be easy, and why must it be?
Compared to the trials which our forefathers survived, from fending for themselves in the wilderness against wild animals, to wars, plagues, and other calamities, we have it easy today. Nonetheless, we did not choose when we were born, and the challenges we are facing today are as real as those that the forefathers faced. In those moments of weakness, when we are losing hope, let us remember this quote from the late South African President and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela:
“Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.”
Occasionally, we feel we’re in unfamiliar territory. We doubt whether we’re the right person to solve this problem. We feel like impostors a lot of the time.
The doubts are good, for it tells you that you need to prepare, and not take the challenge for granted. If you prepare, you’re ready.
In that time of greatest need, we learn that all our deliberate and subtle preparation was necessary for this moment. We learn that these moments are what makes us grow, fall, and stand up if we want.
We’re ready, and we’re human. Fall, stand up and keep pushing.
James clear closes of another brilliant newsletter by asking us: “If you have a ten year plan, what’s stopping you from doing it in two?” It is a valid question. Is it a ten year plan because it is a nice long timeframe, or will it be two years of work towards the end?
Just a little bit of hard work now can bring the future closer, let’s not stop.