The title of this blog post is from the depths of Twitter, or a screenshot of Twitter, posted somewhere in the depths of Instagram. If you learn who originally said it, let me know so I can credit them.
This phrase really says it all, and it’s no coincidence that the phrase has been running in a gentle loop in my head all day.
Do the work. And the work will do the rest.
You see, life is about momentum. We as humans have the gift of visions, of seeing the big picture. But in this day and age, we live a life of the Instant Noodle (to paraphrase the nail technician who was talking to her client next to me the other day when I was getting a dip powder manicure.) We tend to get overwhelmed and frustrated that we are here, and the goal is all the way over there.
This is the most cliche thing I’ll ever post on my site (not likely,) but life is about the journey, not the destination. In the game of life, the secret gift is that each day is a chance to get a little bit closer to the goal. The prize wouldn’t be as sweet if it was just handed to us like a RedBox DVD, on rent for $1..99 to anyone who can own a debit card. That would be too easy, too uncool, and honestly a total waste of life.
That being said, it seems to me that life is like a big Mandala. Each day is a single grain of sand, and over time, a beautiful picture is created. Then we die.
It’s a gorgeous cosmic joke, isn’t it, this life? But we get to be the joke teller, and we get to be the punchline, and we get to laugh and laugh and laugh.
Do the work, and the work will do the rest.
No matter what your goal may be; whether it’s a fitness goal, a business goal, a writing goal, or a music goal, all you really need to do is the work. The work will do the rest.
Stop procrastinating, because once you start doing the work, you’ll realize that’s where the fun of life lies. We get to edit, create, edit again, edit again, and then hit Publish. Then, we wait and see how our creation will do out in this big, bad world. Will it survive? Will it be successful? Who knows, and who cares, really. Nothing matters, so everything does. Everything matters, so nothing does.
Start today. Write down your goal, then make a list of the intentions behind that goal. Tomorrow, look at that list and simply do something. Just do one thing. Then, rest. And repeat. Keep going. See what happens in one week. See what happens in one month.
It’s fun to feel the fear that comes from starting something new, something that comes from your own pure desires. It’s fun to see that desire take shape, even if it’s not what you expected. Those sensations are life itself. Stop avoiding it.
Do the work, and the work will do the rest. ❤