Last night the temperature was a spectacular 72 degrees with no wind and clear skies. My kids mobbed me when I got home excited to see me after being gone for a week and begged to go for a walk as a family. Our evening walk was filled with children laughing and zooming to and fro on their scooters coupled with frequent views of cotton tail bunny rabbits and their new born babies hopping back and forth on the path as they munched on the green grass. Life was perfect…then we announced it was time to head back home. Groans and complaints replaced bliss and laughter. The four year old complained about walking too much and the baby demanded his milk.
My evening perfectly illustrated the true nature of life. The good is always followed by something not quite so good. The bad is never permanent and the soothing balm of time heals the wounds that life and tragedy inflict upon us. Make no mistake about it, I love my life and the fickle nature of my children’s moods both entertain and frustrate me. Life is good even though it is rarely blissful.
Yesterday my father shared a quote with me from Jenkins Lloyd Jones:
“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed.
“The fact is most putts don’t drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. …
“Life is like an old-time rail journey—delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.
“The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride”
I love this quote and when applied to the life of an entrepreneur it is even more powerful. Life, marriage and business are hard. If life were as easy as late-night infomercials wanted us to believe, we would all have abs of steel and would be sipping exotic drinks on beautiful beaches every weekend. Success is not easy in any aspect of life and success does not have a destination, it is on going.
The more successful people I meet, the more I understand that success it hard, tedious and contrary to what most people believe, it can even be boring. As I have travelled the world for my businesses, I have seen that true success requires hard work, big dreams and a lot of stamina. But success and life are also joyful, filled with small moments of bliss and worth every tragedy, obstacle and set back.
I say attack life. Live it. Love it. Get better each day. Overcome yourself. Overcome your weaknesses. Joy in the journey and be grateful for the perfect moments in life like what I had last night.
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Bliss Isn’t Normal
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