“The Sweat Of Making It Look Easy”: Journey of Purpose 2.0 – Day 16

Copyright Tam Black 2016 Designed for susanwithpearls.com
Copyright Tam Black 2016
Designed for susanwithpearls.com

Guiding Thought

Today, relax with confidence in the activity of your Inner Divine Mind. Allow it to express its true nature of all-sufficiency and all-supply in your life and affairs. Today, your only responsibility is to protect Your Own Loving Presence from thoughts that block its flow. If you feel uncertain, remember your Source; if you feel weak, remember your Inner Flow; if you feel doubt, assure yourself of your Inner Knowing and be free.



I am absolutely certain that if I ever took the time to learn to draw or paint realistically I would be able to do it. It would take time and focus, but I could do it. I’ve just never been inclined that way; I’ve never been interested in putting the time and focus into learning to do that.

People are inclined in different ways–some to art, some to athletics, some to philosophy, some to movement or sound. When one is inclined to something, they make the effort, taking the time and enjoying the focus. This is what we notice when we say that something “comes naturally” to someone. It’s not that the thing itself comes naturally, but the wanting to do it comes naturally…so the time and effort is a pleasure rather than a chore.

If you look at anyone who appears to make something look easy, they all seem like “naturals”, but it takes a lot of work to make something look easy. Hard work is generally not what the public sees. The public sees the show, the performance, the result of the hard work. “The sweat of hard work is not to be displayed. It is much more graceful to appear favored by the gods” (Maxine Hong Kingston).

But just about anyone who has succeeded will tell you: Work… Work… Work.

“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don’t do things half-heartedly, because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.” -Michael Jordan

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” -Pele

“I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work.” -Jerry Rice

There is value in hard work. The value is not just in the accomplishment of the task, in being “better” or “the best”. In taking the time and energy to do the work, there is a learning process. You learn both about yourself and the thing you are doing.

I am taking the wisdom of those athletic heroes and applying it to today. Right here. Right now. Working hard at taking my responsibility to protect my own Loving Presence. Working hard at keeping my mind on my Source. Working hard, allowing the flow (isn’t that a bit paradoxical?), and relaxing with confidence at the activity of my Inner Divine Mind. Maybe someday I will be the one making this look easy.