Hey, d’ja miss me? Gone for a day and I get a random text from someone telling me that I forgot to post today lol! I’m glad to see that my lack of presence is well accounted for (at least by one person) That’s actually what I wanted to talk about today. No, not that one person, but what we sometimes get (or don’t get) as a result of the use of our time.
I’ll try to make this one short. I realize that my passion sometimes gets the best of me. So I’ll cut right to the chase…
As I am sitting here after just returning from the hospital, I’m thinking about my grandma. I think about how granny bear is laying there right now, breathing her last breaths and I wonder what’s next. You, see granny bear lived a pretty hard life and as my family is getting ready to prepare for her passing, I’m getting a little uncomfortable.
The thing is, she was a VERY good person. You like one of those people that went to church every day and would give the shirt off her back to anyone. In fact, I believe she’s done that once or twice. But what makes me uncomfortable is the fact that although she had the best attitude about just about everything and everyone, she still could have had more.
Is it really worth the time?
My grandmother was always poor. My mom used to tell me stories about how she used to boil water in the community cooking area back in Jamaica so the other neighbors didn’t notice when they didn’t have anything to eat. And that’s fine, everyone has their struggles, but the problem is that she kept that mindset throughout her life.
The thing I’d like you to consider here is that although she worked hard and put A LOT of time in at work (16 hour days until she was 65) she still remains in the same tax bracket. Why?
You see if your mindset is set to expect to gain little in exchange for hard work, then that’s exactly what you’ll get. You’ll work your butt off, but something will always be there to hold you back. It’s a little something that some call the law of attraction, others just call it getting what you deserve.
Some people would say if you put in the hard work and enough time, you DESERVE everything you get. And that’s true because if you’re suffering along the way then that’s what you’ll get back…more suffering.
So in closing, I’m gonna end this one with a profound statement (if I do say so myself).
You can’t suffer your way to success/happiness/fulfillment.
Read that again brozilla ^^^^^
What you put in is always what you get out (plus interest). So if you want greatness your only option is to work to be great.
Jerry “working on my greatness” Washington
P.S. I know that may seem a little obscure, but I’ve got backup. If you are in the Philadelphia area, I would encourage you to jump in my group on Facebook by clicking here. Otherwise, I would love to continue this conversation with you. I’d like to talk with you more about how you can live the good life. If you’d like to discuss a few simple tricks I picked up over the years, just email me. Talk soon…