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Have you ever realized that the things you dislike doing the most are the very things that sometimes reap the best rewards? I’m not talking about the little things either; like standing in a long line at IGA because you made the mistake of doing your grocery shopping on a Saturday afternoon during a sale. I’m talking about the stomach crunching exercise regiments, the brain draining study routines and the early mornings/ late nights when your boss requires you to meet an almost impossible deadline. I’m talking about the things that you HATE which always seem to have the ability to HUMBLE you. Well, if you’re still reading (and nodding as you go along), this post is for you.

“Nothing worth having comes easy.”

We’ve all heard the mantra before, and I know what you’re thinking, “here we go again!” Nevertheless, it’s quotes like this one, where we too often fall victim to overlooking their truth and fail to apply their message to our everyday lives. Essentially, living in the age of automation, technology, and instant coffee, it has become hard for us – especially young people- to see the benefit in investing in long term goals, as opposed to the here and now. We have fallen plague to concentrating on the easy and attainable rather than the difficult, workable and usually longer lasting. In reality, humility follows from the latter: the things we attain through hard work and persistence, rather than a lucky break. Hard work and humility go hand in hand.

 

“You don’t have to like it, but you do have to embrace it.”

There are always going to be things in our lives which we know we hate but have to endure for the desired results. It’s much like what our parents would say at dinner time: “I don’t care if you don’t want that, you ain’t getting anything else, so you ‘betta’ eat it!” In my experience, if you’re hungry enough, you’re going to eat whatever you have! In many ways, this is very similar to our approach to our careers, health, education, our aspirations, and dreams. If you’re hungry enough for it, you will do whatever it takes to get it.

 

“There’s a fine line between hate and love”

The most meaningful experiences in my life are stories which begun with hatred and ends with love. In many instances, we should be thankful for the opportunity to endure hard times because if it weren’t for those, we would never become stronger. Personally, I have a number of ‘humbling experiences’ which I am blessed to have undergone. Out of these experiences, perhaps the most important thing I have gleaned from them is that the transition from hatred to love and humility is a process. Step by step life grooms us; however, it is our reaction to life’s grooming which decides whether we go in a positive direction or not. I encourage us all to recognize that our short term tribulations do not define our long-term destination. For, in the end, you might just realize that those things which you hated so much have resulted in the things you cherish the most.

 

Stay humble.

Devonté Smith
Devonté Smith
Devonté is extremely patriotic, loves anything sports and believes that giving back is what makes us great. He is currently undergoing A-levels at the British West Indies Collegiate in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos and has plans to study law in the near future. He can be reached via email at dsmith@letsinc.org.

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