Finding Pleasure In The Pain Of Hard Work


Life of a Professional, Life of Leigh / Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Three-day weekends don’t come often.  When they do, I rejoice!  Just the thought of not having to go to work an extra day excites me.  Sunday night I turn off my alarm and lay in the bed watching TV until my heart is content.  Then, Monday morning comes.  Instead of my alarm there is a little person staring at me asking for pancakes, sausage and syrup.  Before I know it it’s time to get the boys ready for bed and my extra day off is over.

I was determined for this holiday weekend to be different.  I had a plan to get EVERYTHING done on Sunday.  Monday, I would do absolutely nothing.  (you see where this is going, right?)  I planned to: clean the kitchen, clean the bathroom, clean the laundry room, do laundry, go grocery shopping, catch up on my 9-5 work, do some blog work AND work on another project.

WHAT WAS I THINKING?!

I did manage to get most of the cleaning done and all of the laundry.  But no work was done.  I was so upset with myself.  Mainly for giving myself this dream of a day filled with nothing.  For allowing myself to think all of that could be done in a day’s time. 

“I’ll just go to bed late.”

“It won’t take me that long to clean up.”

All lies I told myself.

I was mad.  I was looking forward to my day off.  Truly off from everything.  But, that didn’t happen.  I did everything I needed to do around the house.  But, no other work was done.  I didn’t work on my blog.  My other project was neglected once again.  And, my 9 to 5 that pays the bills, wasn’t touched.  Just when I was about to sulk and get into a funk, I had an epiphany.  I asked myself out loud,

“Who told you you could get a day off?”

I had to give myself a reality check.  I want to be successful in all my endeavors.  I want to be a productive employee, grow my blog and create a business!  Not to mention I am still a wife a mother.  That takes work!  There is no rest for the weary.  I may be weary, but I will not rest.

Yes, I will take time out for self-care and spend quality time with my family.  But the work never ends.  There will always be something to do and I have to be committed to getting it done.  That will mean long nights, little sleep and working holidays.  I truly labored this Labor day weekend.  I labored in love for my family, my business and our future.

Whenever your plans go astray ,change your perspective.  Focus on the positive.  Instead of thinking about how tired you are focus on your goals and what it will take for you to achieve them.  Instead of thinking about what you’re missing out on, focus on the reward you will reap due to your hard work.

“The rain only matters to those who have seeds in the ground.”

It is tough, hard work and sometimes thankless.  But the tough times are the best times.  So, on this rainy Labor day, I am writing this blog post.  Putting in work.  When you sow your seeds of hard work give praise to God during the rainy days.  For you know that there is a harvest to reap on the other side.

 

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