Thursday, 25 September 2008

We reap what we sow

Thursday afternoon impulse post.
(When most other friends are already having break and I have a 17.75-hour week)

Illustration: A 100-metre sprinter is in the Olympics (maybe we can think of Usain Bolt). The gun goes off. He runs with all his might. Days, months and years of training squeezed into 10 seconds of superhuman performance. He wins with glory - the world's eyes are on him. Commentators, journalists and more media people crown him "the fastest man on earth".

The hype of the experience is its intensified and ultra-dramatized effect. I wouldn't know how it feels to win gold at the most exclusive level of athletics. And to break a new world record. And to express feelings of utter joy, triumph, excitement.

Yet many times, many people crave for that experience while forgetting all the hard, consistent work that has been put into it. People want shortcuts. Success, but not the toil and labour that it demands. The zenith, but not the tortuous road on the way up. It happens everywhere. In school, at work, in romantic relationships. And it doesn't work.

We reap (harvest) what we sow (plant). In the time that separates the two, it demands our faithful dedication. Would we give our all for it? And when we've given our all - heck, let's just say that we've reaped it all - what do we do next? It's continual, for time in this world does not stop. Once we're "there", it really demands more of us. Some say that it's harder to retain #1 than getting #1.

So cherish the journey.

1 comment:

Amelia said...

a good post! =)