When Hard Work is Worth It

Like many people in the second week of November, I’m in the midst of Thanksgiving planning. I’ve been working on our menu (I think it’s finalized), planning the table, making sure I know what we’re doing in school for the next week-and-a-half, and starting my shopping list. Pretty much every spare moment has been dedicated to thinking about how this year’s Thanksgiving is going to go.

In the height of my preparation, I mentioned how much I love Thanksgiving, and how much I’m looking forward to it. Turkey was listening, and looked at me like I’d sprouted a second head. He then said, “But it’s so much work for you…how can you like it?”

This prompted a conversation about how lots of things that are hard work are likable…taking care of a newborn, for example. Or a big project at work. Or so many of the things that we do, partly because we have to or need to, and partly because we really love the end results (and even the process, as hard as it is). Because in the end, it’s all worth it. And holidays are up there for me, as far as things that are a lot of work for me that I really enjoy, because the end result is always worth it.

This was a great teachable moment, but it also made me feel good, because at least one of my children has noticed the effort that I put into making holidays special. I feel even better knowing that he now understands that while it is hard work, I also love doing it!

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