It’s funny to keep watching people who want things to come easy to them in life. Many other people know of this tendency among human beings, so they keep selling them diet pills that let them eat whatever they want, job information that will make them rich with no effort, college “degrees” that require no study at all, and many other “easy” fixes to their problems, easy fulfillment of their desires. But over and over again these people who want the easy ways out are disappointed, for what they hoped and expected would help them simply has left them still with their problems and now with a little less money in their pockets and wallets. Nothing comes easy!
Saying that “nothing comes easy” isn’t at all defeatist or cynical. It’s a fact that’s been proved over and over in life, as major scientific breakthroughs come after years and years of research and hard work; financial stability comes after years of sacrifice and effort; great movies and albums are made with the most effort and practice and planning and preparation.
History is full of examples of great successes and great results after a lot of effort and time. There are, of course, the exceptions–those people who have found success almost immediately, with almost no work involved. But they truly are the exceptions rather than the rule. And that type of success rarely is lasting, either.
When we remind ourselves that nothing truly worthwhile comes easy, we can face our obstacles and problems with more equanimity, and we can be much more calm in the face of setbacks. When we know that it’s going to take time and work to reach a goal, we’re much more likely to accept delays as necessary elements of the process, and we’re much more likely to see obstacles as learning opportunities rather than back-breakers. Keeping in mind that nothing comes easy, we can give our best effort because we know that it’s that effort–as well as the time involved–that’s going to craft a fine finished product.