If you've ever waded in the waters of scrapbooking you've probably heard of Ali Edwards. Each year Ali encourages people to decide on a ONE word that will be there theme, goal, motivation for the coming year. After considering a lot of words I knew in my core what my word for 2014 needed to be:
I used to think my greatest struggle in life was my weight. And now I have that somewhat under control. My second greatest struggle has now become my first. Loving hard work.
I hate work. A lot. I would even say I'm straight-up lazy, but only when it comes to something I don't want to do. I can be pretty industrious and hard working when it comes to baking, cooking, crafting, sewing, and other fun pursuits.
I know what you're gunna say, "The reward is the result." The problem is I don't really care about the result. I just want to read and watch TV and craft and let the dishes in the sink go to hell. I don't currently get satisfaction from seeing a clean sink as a job well done.
My friend, Steph, shared some wonderful quotes on Facebook last month...
“Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that power to work is a blessing, that love of work is success.” - David O. McKay
By work we sustain and enrich life. It enables us to survive the disappointments and tragedies of the mortal experience. Hard-earned achievement brings a sense of self-worth. Work builds and refines character, creates beauty, and is the instrument of our service to one another and to God. A consecrated life is filled with work, sometimes repetitive, sometimes menial, sometimes unappreciated but always work that improves, orders, sustains, lifts, ministers, aspires.” - Todd D. Christopherson
I believe that hard work is a necessary trait and a way to come closer to God. I believe that in the next life we won't be just floating on clouds, strumming harps. I believe we will be anxiously engaged in a good cause. I believe that I have to come to love work, hard work, if I am going to be truly happy in this life. This is going to be a struggle.
I have signed up for an online class that Ali runs in connection with this challenge in hopes of forcing myself to be more aware of this goal. I need to learn to love work or to work hard even when I don't love what I'm working on. I am hoping this will bleed into all areas of my life.