The Word of the Week is Diligence

Ink on Watercolor paper – Words: Benjamin Franklin

This quote reminds me of the old quip, how do you spell Luck? W – O – R – K! It is wonderful to dream and think and ponder new ways of doing things, in reality what makes it all come true is hard work over a long period of time. This reminder from the man who invented the stove. I was touched by that fact as I pulled my leftovers out of the microwave and gobbled up the hot, yummy food.

In order for things to get done, someone has to do the work. And usually they have to work very hard for a long period of time, mostly unnoticed and under appreciated until that breakthrough moment when all the pieces fall into place. That is when people call you lucky or want to know how you did it so quickly. Quick for them long term for the doer.

We are doing some renovations in our house and doing all the work ourselves. We are being careful, moving slowly, diligently and cleaning up as we go. This past week we had one project finish and we keep walking into that room to see the end results. It has been months in process and felt like it would never end, and yet it’s done and we couldn’t be happier. All our diligence paid off. There were many doubts so diligence is truly the word of the week.

What is that thing in your life that could move forward with a little diligence? Getting to it can be tougher than getting it done. Our minds can come up with any excuse we want to prevent us from just doing the work. Let Benjamin Franklin’s words remind you to get started, keep going, and do the work until it’s done. Diligence, that word of the week is diligence.

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