Doing nothing is the hardest work there is.

If you do physical work all day long you will come home tired. If you get up late and lay around the house all day in your pajamas, eat junk food, leave the dishes in the sink, let the yard go to seed and then moan and complain that all you have is bad luck you will also be exhausted at the end of the day.

Laziness and work are both exhausting: work exhausts the body but laziness exhausts the soul. The exhaustion that comes from laziness is disheartening and destructive while the exhaustion that comes from meaningful work is restorative and constructive.

When you finally decide to seek the 5000+ percent advantage and proceed forward toward your goals you will find the hard work you do, the difficult tasks you face, the problems you encounter and solve will make you tired, but it will be a good kind of tired; the kind of tired that lets you know you made real progress, that your presence on this planet makes a difference.

People with no purpose for living, no identifiable goals, no vision for a better life are miserable, pathetic, selfish and good-for-nothing. They don’t seek to improve themselves, they blame others for their plight, and should some opportunity come their way, they do all they can to find fault with it and sabotage it so they can return to their comfortable misery.

Those kinds of people have their own theme song called The Worm Song. It goes like this: “Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, guess I’ll go eat worms. Long thin slimy ones, short fat juicy ones, itsy, bitsy, squirmy little worms.”

How depressing is that?

You want the opposite of depression, you want joy, and that requires the pursuit of a meaningful life. That requires taking action toward fulfilling your God-given destiny. Do not be afraid of the work it will take to become the person you were meant to be.

Your soul is nourished when your mind and body work together to accomplish goals, improve skills, solve problems, fix what is broken, strengthen what is weak, and finish what needs to be completed.

Your soul is nourished when you have done something that cost you some real effort; that pushed you to the edge; that made you get out of your fetal crouch and stand tall and proud.

Your soul is nourished as each accomplishment and each step forward gives you courage to proceed ever farther forward – even if they are baby steps.

Your soul is nourished when your attention is focused on progress not retreat, on hope not despair and on courage not cowardice.

Lots of people have the desire but few have the determination. People wish their lives were better but only a few get the 5000+ advantage. They are the ones who proceed forward and pursue every opportunity to improve their lives, to make a difference, to enjoy a life with meaning.

The wisest and richest man who ever lived said, “The sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”* The difference between the sluggard and the diligent is the difference between success and failure.

*Proverbs 13:4

©2015 Ronald D. Ross

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