Thomas Edison once said, “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense.” I think that most people are OK with the “common sense” component, but when it comes to sticking with something when it gets tough or when the work is hard, many folks tend to run the other way. Hard work, after all, is just that — hard!
Don’t run away from hard work! When called to a task, don’t be intimidated by the hard work it may take to accomplish it. Most worthwhile things take hard work. Raising children is hard work; relationships are hard work; and making a contribution to society takes hard work.
There are other kinds of hard work, which are not necessarily hard physically, but are difficult in other ways. Saying “I’m sorry” can be hard. Starting again after multiple failures is hard. Fixing a damaged relationship is hard. Accepting criticism and taking responsibility can be some of the most difficult things that we are called to do. However, just as it is in the physical realm, hard work is worth the effort. The sages teach that “the more difficult it is to do God’s will, the greater the reward.”
Remember that disappointments are inevitable, discouragement is a choice! (DJS)