Last week I (Andrea) started physical therapy. I have something called frozen shoulder. It’s my second time having it, and if you’ve never had it, count your blessings. You have no idea how much you appreciate the little things, like stretching, or reaching upward, until you can no longer do them.
I started PT at a local place. They started me in the gym on one machine, and then had me do reps on another. On the second machine, I was doing the reps, sore, irritated, staring around blindly trying to get through things. Above me on the wall was this quote:
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
For some reason, that struck me. If you quit, you’re never going to see what the end result will be. If you quit, all the work you put in beforehand meant nothing. It was a waste. But it you stay in, if you decide you’re not going to give up working toward your goals, then you really get to achieve something. All that effort will actually mean something.
And why are you working for it if you don’t want to see the success of all that work?
I see that quote three time a week now, and each time I do my exercises, I think about it. When the shoulder is aching, when I’m tired, when I feel like things aren’t going anywhere. I think about it. And I push myself a little further.
Because I’m not ready to quit. I’m not ready to just accept things for what they are.
I’m ready for the reward of my effort. I hope you are, too.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.