Posts Tagged ‘Effort’

183 – Encouragement

There are times for all of us when what we need to continue on this path is a dose of encouragement. We don’t always get it when we think we should, but rather when the Work thinks we need it.

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148 – Lost N Found

When I get into better states I find I can’t hold on to them. How can I keep from losing them?

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146 – Quandary

This Work isn’t about making our lives easier, neat and clean. At first it gets very messy and may stay that way for a long time. There is a way out of this quandary, but it’s not going to just happen accidentally.

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131 – Dismissed

Have you ever been dismissed? It can be great but it can also be very unpleasant.

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122 – Effortlessness

It’s time to rethink effort to better understand what the Work teaches about it. Yes, we must struggle, but we don’t have to make it so full of effort that we burst a blood vessel. There’s a way to effort effortlessly.

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111 – Work Effort

There’s much struggle that we pass off as effort. It doesn’t move us forward. There is an efficient way to advance.

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"No good deed goes unpunished."

The person most frequently credited as the originator of the phrase is playwright Clare Boothe Luce. Also credited have been playwright Noel Coward, writer Oscar Wilde, journalist Walter Winchell and the late Washington Post writer Bill Gold. The original idea is probably an ancient proverb.

Appearing cynical on the surface, a closer examination of human nature reveals the False Personality to be incredibly vengeful and petty due to its hubris.

Plato has Socrates say, "An unexamined life is not worth living." The reason no good deed goes unpunished is because most people are living lives not worth living. If you feel a sting, that probably means you are spending more time and energy examining the lives of others than you are examining your own.