As human beings we are made for hard work. We’ve developed to overcome physical and mental obstacles. We were made made to endure and accomplish great things. Yes it’s tough sometimes – being a human, but this hardship is part of life.
We’d all love to lie in bed in the morning, where it’s warm and cosy. We’d love to not work, to live a life of leisure, to live forever, and have things come easily, but this is not what we were born for.
We are human beings, with incredible minds and amazing bodies that have adapted over millions of years. We have the capacity to change the world through our own sweat and toil, and by overcoming the hard things it can make us better humans.
The Work of a Human Being
In his diary, the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180AD) wrote the following as a reminder to himself…
“On those mornings you struggle with getting up, keep this thought in mind – I am awakening to the work of a human being.
Why then am I annoyed that I am going to do what I’m made for, the very things for which I was put into this world?
Or was I made for this, to snuggle under the covers and keep warm? It’s so pleasurable. Were you then made for pleasure? In short, to be coddled or to exert yourself?“
Are you born to snuggle under the covers or are you born to exert yourself? Are you born for a life of ease and comfort or to do things?
He went on to say…
“Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can?
And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands?”
Do What You Were Born To Do
Our job is not to lie around and be idle. As human beings we have the capacity to achieve incredible things; this is our gift. Therefore we must use our gift, not let it go to waste.
Remind yourself on a daily basis of your job as a human being, just as Marcus Aurelius did. Put your mind and your body to good use; just like you were born to.
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