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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Day 21: All Times are Hard

There are times when it is deeply appealing to throw up my hands, announce that I am entirely overwhelmed and therefore will do nothing.

There is only one problem:
Yesterday I was overwhelmed.
Today I feel overwhelmed.

So.... going to sleep tonight will magically make it better?

All times are hard.

There are great struggles, petty persistent problems and awkward moments that waddle across the stage of life.

And when one lumbers across my life, leaving a great swath of mild embarrassment, it makes me laugh. After all, one was going to come along sooner or later. It is not because I'm awkward or socially unacceptable or just somehow wrong.

All times are hard.
All times are challenges.
All times stretch us to become something more than what we are.
All times are times to work, to achieve. When at the least, it can always be made a little better or at the very least, one can laugh at the sheer perversity that we exist in the face of.

All times are hard and that's what gives us the opportunity to make them good.

12 Comments:

  • no risk, no reward
    no pain, no gain

    I can't think of any other appropriate cliches but my point is made. with the toil comes the reward.

    We wouldn't appreciate things as much if they always came easily.

    By Blogger A Frum Idealist, at 10:01 AM, May 04, 2006  

  • I love that you ended up on a positive note!
    Here's wishing you energy and prescence of mind to complete all your tasks!

    By Blogger kasamba, at 11:04 AM, May 04, 2006  

  • Hmmm never saw it like that.
    So...we should strive to make every moment difficult?
    Every moment a challenge..?
    Any rest stops?


    btw..was that pic..taken in switzerland..?
    I have a very similar pic.

    By Blogger David_on_the_Lake, at 11:09 AM, May 04, 2006  

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  • Life is a journey full of twists and turns... yes your picture proves you already know this. Masmida, you have a good sense of how it works... and its amazing that you keep striving throughout the hard times. You are an inspiration.

    By Blogger FrumGirl, at 12:59 PM, May 04, 2006  

  • I'm sorry...I hope that things look up in the future...

    (Listen to "Defining Love" by Rabbi Keleman here: http://www.simpletoremember.com/audio/Rabbi_Lawrence_Kelemen.htm . It's almost exactly what you're saying, and an excellent shiur.)

    By Blogger Stx, at 12:41 AM, May 05, 2006  

  • no, not all times are the same. it says (source??) that all beginnings are difficult.
    on the other hand, yes our avoda in this world is to constantly struggle. once you win over ur yetzer hora in one battle, its time to go up a level.

    b'hatzlcha!!

    By Blogger the sabra, at 4:17 AM, May 05, 2006  

  • i was complaining about my ditziness last night, and a friend told me that it's good that embarrassing things happen to me, cause it means i could take it...hmmm, i'm not sure what that means...is that a complement? backhanded?

    whatever, when you get a challenge, it means you're capable of passing it. that is a complement!

    By Blogger Okee, at 2:38 PM, May 05, 2006  

  • Thanks for the message, it could not have come at a better time.
    good shabboss.

    By Blogger ayala, at 4:56 PM, May 05, 2006  

  • Sorry Prag... two spam comments is my limit.

    Thank you all for commenting. The semester is ending and the papers and work is abounding, so forgive for not answering individually.

    Shabbat Shalom

    STX- that shiur is a favorite of mine and i enjoy pulling ideas from it.

    By Blogger Masmida, at 6:09 PM, May 05, 2006  

  • Well hard work makes the less hard days enjoyable.

    By Blogger Pragmatician, at 11:23 AM, May 08, 2006  

  • you did your best, thanks for trying at least.

    By Blogger Pragmatician, at 11:23 AM, May 08, 2006  

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