The Long Term Makes the Short Term Easier

I’m working a pretty physical job right now, but I’m usually a bit surprised by what other people consider to be “really hard” work.

Sure, moving dirt with shovels or gravel with wheelbarrows can be taxing, but I also know about jobs which are a lot harder – and I expect I’ll be doing them one day. Right now I’m putting in 5 days a week on this job, but when I’m farming and raising animals, I’ll be putting in 6 or 7 days a week – and even more hours each day.

This is the power of vision. When I consider that I’m just “in training” for the harder work of my future, the present tasks seem pretty doable.

If I was actively seeking a life which minimized difficulty and maximized momentary pleasure, my work would be hell. Any work would be hell. Instead, I want to embrace greater difficulty as a path to greater meaning. Viewed this way, my mind and body accept and acclimate to hard work faster. They expect more.

I can see the future, and I look forward to meeting the next greater challenge. If you’re suffering in the present, maybe the answer is not to seek less challenge, but to plan and work as if you are training for more.

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James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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