"The difference between trying and doing
is measured by the word 'effort.'
But the measurement scale is backward."
-- Albert K. Strong
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[Classic post from 9-13-15]
It seems that the harder we try, the more effort we expend, and so also then, the more effort we expend, the harder we are trying. However, doing is without great effort. Bruce Lee put it this way: "The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be."
What's that old saying by William Edward Hickson? (Who?) "'Tis a lesson you should heed: try, try again. If at first, you don't succeed, try, try again." This might be the same as saying, "more effort, more effort, more effort." After all, isn't expending effort what trying is? I'm going to make an effort. I'm going to try. It seems to me they are saying the same thing.
I like how Ralph Waldo Emerson changed effort into ease: "Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it, nothing great was ever achieved." Of course, I think a better way to say that is that 'Enthusiasm is the mother of ease. . . because it makes doing a breeze!'
Next time you're thinking about something to do, skip trying, skip the effort, just go straight to doing it. You'll see what I mean. Want to do it faster and even easier? Allow enthusiasm to en-light-en your path.
Doing Is Effort-Less.
Spread Some Joy Today--because it is your natural state. It requires zero effort.