Saturday, October 10, 2015

You Have to Do the Work

There are days, especially on the weekend that I would much prefer to do something fun and adventuresome than what I actually do.  I have spent yesterday and today doing necessary chores.
Laundry, shopping, cleaning, washing yoga mats, class work.  That is how life goes. Many times you have to do the not so fun stuff, before you can do the fun stuff.  You have to do the work.

It is like playing music.  We love our gigs, but there is much effort that goes into them that no one ever sees.  The practice, deciding on the set, making sure the sound equipment is working.  The load in, and the load out.  There is a great deal of work for an hour or so on stage.  But, you have to do the work.

When people find out that I work at an addiction center, they often ask me what is the magic bullet, how do you become sober and stay sober and clean.  It is just like everything else in life.  You have to do the work.  There is not a magic formula. You have to do the work.

None of us become successful at anything, until we do the work.  It might seem there are overnight successes and maybe there is an concessional one.  Each successful person that I have ever met, talks about the hard work and effort that it took for them to become successful.  You have to do the work.

A few days ago one of my students said she would love to play guitar.  I told her she could, to find a teacher and practice.  She laughed, and said she had tried that, but it hurt her fingers and learning was just too hard.  I looked at her and laughed and told her, if you want to play, you have to do the work.

So whatever it is you are striving for in your life, relationships, work, what ever.  Don't forget, you have to do the work.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams


  1. You do have to do the work. But oh how I wish sometimes that it was easier.

  2. I'd never live long enough to work at everything I'd love to try. Like you said, we have to do the work.


  3. So true Jilda! I've found that people will find a way to accomplish anything that they truly want. Wishing won't make it happen. My Father-in-law used to say that the harder he worked the luckier he got!