Okay, I admit, I came up with the title of this post due to the inspiration of painstakingly removing the seeds from a pomegranate. If you have ever done this, you know that it can be a long process and that your fingers often come out very red (or, at the best, they look a bit jaundiced afterwards).
I must say that we have tried every pomegranate seed removal trick in the book – from tapping the fruit with a knife to breaking it apart under water. The under water process is the best, as it at least prevents have the kitchen from getting stained as the juice flies everywhere….. but the end result, oh so tasty! The girls LOVE to eat the pomegranate seeds!
Playing with the pomegranates (which were huge, amazing, and delicious) was a good reminder to me. It made me remember that we often have to put great effort into activities, projects, or relationships in order to reap the rewards. Sometimes it does not seem worth it. (I rarely buy pomegranates as I am lazy when it comes to removing the seeds, but when given them as a gift I was happy to prepare them for my family to eat.)
I find that the things I work hard for are the things I appreciate more. Jobs I put a lot of time into are often the ones I am most proud of when the results are good. I feel better about myself and I have a different attitude and approach. Hard work can mean sacrificing other things, as it often means prioritizing, yet it pays off.
This is a value I hope to impart to my children – the value of hard work and the internal motivation to give 110% effort and be proud of a job well done – just because.
Today, 114 days ’til 40, I am proud of working hard to achieve the goals I have set for myself and I am also proud of working with our school community to reach the goals we continue to set. It brings me great pride and joy.