4. Sympathy

Duck Soup

I look around and watch as some people seem to get things done so quickly and easily. How do they do it? What does it feel like to be so productive? It takes me a long time just to work up the motivation to get things off the ground.

I must say, however, that I’m more disciplined now than I used to be. I think I’m improving. I’m a bit “harder” on myself than I used to be. I sense that time is running out, and I feel the need to get on with things. Nowadays, I’m constantly asking myself, “If I don’t do it now, then when?”

On the surface, it looks like the super-productive people get things done without much effort, doesn’t it? But I know that’s not really the case. While it’s true that one person may work smarter or with greater confidence than another, achievement for anyone requires work. It’s a requirement for even the super-productive.

When I was little, my mother used to take me and my sister to a small pond where there were some ducks. I remember thinking of how graceful those ducks looked as they swam across the water to retrieve the pieces of bread that we’d thrown to them. I remember the day when the sun was shining brightly and I caught of glimpse of the swimming ducks’ webbed feet beneath the surface of the murky water. I discovered that their graceful dance across the top of the water was fueled by some very serious footwork.

Day 4 Guide

Beneath the murky waters of life, you’ll find the reality of accomplishment. Don’t be fooled by appearances. Keep your mind on your game, and keep on plugging.

© 2006, Levi Hill

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