Monday, August 8, 2016
I had a terrific day today, full of achievements. Experiences that mean something to me, if no one else. My day possessed purpose, accomplishment and fulfillment.
I'm reflecting on how this happened and I come to a single conclusion -- the answer is hard work. Each of the things that occurred was the result of past sustained effort. And much of the satisfaction I feel comes from seeing that dedication bear fruit.
My day started off with a serious dilemma at work. A difficult adversary sprung something on me Friday and I worried about it all weekend. My brain conceived a brilliant solution late last night. I implemented my idea this morning and, by 11 a.m., the dilemma was solved. I out-maneuvered a treacherous opponent with clever cunning. My solution has the value of a week's work, so I earned a week's pay by lunchtime on Monday.
Next, I spent two hours riding one of the most powerful, technologically-advanced motorcycles on the planet. The machine is like a Hattori Hanzo samurai sword -- it's as dangerous as it is potent. I derive intense joy from continuing to improve my riding-skill on this monster.
I used that mode of transportation to eat a fabulous meal at a distant Chinese restaurant. I discovered the place recently after searching online for weeks and trying several alternatives. Despite having to travel far to reach this culinary destination, I savored a super-spicy dish of Ma Po Tofu with brown rice. Szechuan cooking at its finest.
Finally, I shot some pool, as I have been doing regularly since I last posted about the game. Daily practice has restored my consistency and I'm playing well. Occasionally, as occurred today, I make absurdly-difficult shots (like full-length double-cushion bank-shots on a 9-ft. table). When this happens, I laugh out loud. I play alone so there's nobody to impress. I'm just enjoying myself.
All of these pleasures resulted from hard work. None came easy. In fact, it is precisely because they require effort that makes them valuable. When you get the sense that you earned an experience, you cherish it more.
When was the last time you felt good about achieving a goal?