Remember when you were a kid and you were trying to conquer something new? At first, it was way more work than fun: reading, riding a bike, using scissors, sawing wood. Watching Tegan struggle to develop his sawing skills got me to remembering how hard something new can feel.
I don't know about you, but a lot of times when something doesn't come easy, we can be too quick to quit. Over the course of your life, how many hours have you spent riding with the wind in your face on your bicycle, or how many straight lines have you made with your scissors, or how many different worlds have you escaped to on the backs of words? When you were learning, you never quit those things. You kept at them. You kept trying, practicing over and over and over again until you accomplished with ease. Quitting never accomplished anything. The work always proceeds the joy.
I'm not sure what new thing you're struggling to conquer just now, but maybe you need the reminder that quitting isn't an option if you're going to accomplish that thing. Keep focusing, keep getting up, keep trying again. Not only are you building muscles you didn't know you had, but you are growing stronger for the task ahead! The joy will be worth all this effort! #preachingtomyownheart