May 21      

Today's quotation:

"Where there is a will there is a way" is an old true saying.  The person who resolves upon doing a thing, by that very resolution often scales the barriers to it, and secures its achievement.  To think we are able, is almost to be so-- to determine upon attainment is frequently attainment itself.

Samuel Smiles

Today's Meditation:

Achievement is an area in which we have to stay vigilant to make sure that we maintain balance.  We live in a society in which achievement has been made ultra-important, and many of us feel that constant achievement is the only way to live a happy or fulfilling life.  But the human being needs down time, and we need to be able to do some things just for fun, and we need to give others the opportunity to achieve, also, sometimes at the cost of our own achievement.

We can achieve what we need to when we put our minds to it and dedicate ourselves to doing so.  Once I decide that I truly want to achieve something, I will do so as long as I put forth the effort necessary.  Many people fall short of achievement because of setbacks on the path that they consider to be impossible to overcome.  But almost any obstacle can be gone through or around-- and our ultimate achievement usually isn't just the thing we set out to do, but also the obstacles that we've overcome in the process.

There are many things in life worth achieving, and achievement can add a great deal of richness, pride, and satisfaction to our lives.  It's important that we not convince ourselves that we can't do something before we even try it-- and that we not give only half an effort to do it when we start to work on it.  I can achieve anything I want in life, I'm sure, that's realistic-- I could climb Mt. Everest if I really wanted to, but since I don't have the slightest desire to do so, I won't even try.  I'm also well aware that I'm not able to play the piano well, so I'm not going to try to achieve the status of concert pianist.  On the other hand, there are plenty of things that I can do and that I enjoy doing, and I'll set my sights on goals that fit within my limitations and abilities.

But let's not get so caught up in achievement that we forget to enjoy life and living.  Let's not fall into the trap of thinking that we should be working towards achievement with every waking hour of our lives-- that's simply not true, and we can make ourselves miserable or terribly stressed if we try to do so.  Achievement is beautiful, but as with everything else it's best in moderation.

Questions to consider:

Why do so many people feel that they always need to be achieving something?

What happens if we try to achieve something, but give only half-hearted effort to it?

What are some of your most important achievements?  How did you accomplish them?

For further thought:

Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want.  No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.

Paulo Coelho
The Devil and Miss Prym

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