Debunking the Myth of Necessary Hardship


“Anything worth doing is never easy.”

Why do people say that? I mean, why do really smart, honest, well-meaning people say such absolute nonsense? Every time I hear or read that phrase, I cringe.

And I hear it – and read it – a LOT. I’m done with it.

Not that I’m averse to hard work or the effort required for some major-deal things that are very much worth doing and very hard to do. Some things worth doing are difficult – some of the time. That is a fact. Keep going, slog through it, go team go.

Sometimes we make things harder than they need to be by failing to plan. This, too, is a fact.

Sometimes we can make pretty difficult challenges easier by breaking them down into easier to manage pieces. Also true…

But there’s so much worth doing that’s not hard at all. Life is hard enough. Why do we have to make all worthwhile things into a martyrdom? Do you seriously mean to say that all easy-to-do things are not worth your time or energy?

If you’re not sure, try one of these easy-peasy things, and then let me know what you think:

  • Say thank you.
  • Call your mom (or dad, or best friend, or brother), just because it’s Tuesday.
  • Smile.
  • Laugh.
  • Hug something soft and sweet (like your cat, or Grandma).
  • Take a walk.
  • Take a deep breath.
  • Stop and smell the roses (or lilacs, or flowering crab trees, or pot of beef stew).
  • Floss.
  • Flush.
  • Celebrate an accomplishment with a little “Woo hoo!” That’s right, say it out loud, with some emphasis on the hoo. Woo hoo. You can do this.
  • Read a poem (you knew I had to get that one in).
  • Tell someone you love that you do.

Now, was that so difficult? And wasn’t it worth doing?


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