In a culture that’s constantly telling us to “seize the day,” “discover your passion,” and “do what you love,” it’s good to remind ourselves that doing the right thing is rarely doing the easy thing.
Yes, we should do work that fulfills and excites us, but along that road, plenty of jobs, tasks, and projects bore us to death. We love our clients, but over the years, we’ve encountered a few I’d like to strangle. Even with friends and family – the people we love the most – we occasionally want to slap them upside the head.
This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t pursue passion projects and do our best to be fulfilled in everything we do, but we’re deluding ourselves if we think everything in our career and personal lives should be sweetness and light.
That’s why I’m not a fan of self-help books. In most cases, once you’ve read the title, you’ve read the whole book because the answers to life are much harder than a simple cliche or motivational message.
So remember that fact when you encounter the bumps. Marriages hit rough spots, careers stall, and our lofty goals can get lost in the day-to-day struggle to keep our heads above water.
But it’s the pursuit that’s most important. Keeping our eyes on the prize. The Apostle Paul said, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
And as they say, “Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.”
Because believe me, the worst will happen.
But that’s not the end of the story.