Do The Work

22 Oct

Do The Work

A common response people have
To many of my writes:
“If only we could be that strong
And ascend to those heights”

Wishing will not get you there
And waiting won’t help you
A warrior once told me how
I’ll pass it on to you:

“Do the work,” he simply said
And then sat silently
From his quiet tone I could
Tell that he could foresee

That most people he told this to
Would never do the work
They want the giant muscles but
Don’t do the clean and jerk

They want the toned athletic shape
But do not want to sweat
They want to live a stress free life
But continue to fret

They want the wisdom to live lives
Of substance, meaning, hope
But when the writings of wise men
Appear, they just say “nope”

“I’m not much for reading” or
“I’m too busy right now”
“I’ve got a lot of things going”
“My schedule won’t allow”

If you do not make the time
It will never be there
If you do not make the time
It shows how much you care

That warrior that spoke to me
Had encountered so many
That all wanted to be like him
But very few, if any

Did the work to learn and grow
To master their own mind
They saw the price that must be paid
And most of them declined

And now I know why he did speak
So quietly that day
Why there was no vigor in
The words that he did say

‘Cause most people just love the thought
Of being wise and strong
But do not like the hard truth that
The training is lifelong

“Do the work” I say to all
Who think “I wish I could”
‘Cause wishing, craving, and waiting
Won’t do you any good



6 Responses to “Do The Work”

  1. zumpoems October 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Yep! So true. Thanks for posting!

  2. Mary Beth Fuentes October 23, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    In this society, people have become spoiled with the “ask and you shall receive” attitude. But what they don’t understand is that reaching your goal is one thing, but the effort you exerted to get there brings true fulfillment. The story that is passed around is not how successful one is life, but what one endured to get there…a strong drive and hard work!

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom October 23, 2011 at 11:17 am #

      Absolutely. I call for an amendment to be made to that passage: “Ask, do the work, and ye shall receive.” 🙂
      Peace & strength,

  3. Mike October 23, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    Well said Warrior, gotta share it. When I talk about ‘chop wood, carry water’ to my family, they look at me like I am really dull, and entitlement stupid.

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom October 23, 2011 at 11:20 am #

      I like that motto. 🙂 Keep living by example. If there’s any will in a person, they’ll eventually recognize it and realize they have it in themselves as well.
      Peace & strength,

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