Wednesdays with Buena: Reap Your Rewards

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By Buenaflor Laoang

As it is Wednesday, I am writing for AMSdaily. There, we try to make every week of 2012 count, as midweeks I come out with life challenges that any one can carry out as a theme of his heart for the rest of the week- with a prayer that he or she will be inspired to keep moving on with gladness and excitement and eagerness and lessons for each week. :)

This month, we are in the “R” of the acronym March! For we desire to be moving forward this March! Here it is-

Reap Your Rewards

Hey! Is that you I am hearing- you are about to call it “over”? Is that you who is about to turn your back from whatever it is- because somebody said, it isn’t working, or that it’s not bringing you anywhere? Are you seeing your efforts worthless, demanding too much from you yet giving you too little? Is that you?

Wait now. Sit a while and breath. I think you have been working too hard, and always on the move, that you have forgotten to do one important thing about all your works- listen, have you taken time to reap your rewards-and I mean it- now?

You may not be seeing yet the fruits of your labor. You think you are far away to the end. But tell this to yourself- every action you take is a reward to reap! Celebrate in your every step, however little it is! Those steps are what’s bringing you to a very special prize, but listen- in each of those little steps, means your personal reward of the determination to get up each day, the pursuance to achieve your goals, the perseverance to make or do something, the commitment to a fruitful and grateful life.

Reap your rewards now, and with that I mean- think back how far you have gone. Remember the empowering details your tasks have given you. See how you survived every grueling or annoying point. Look at how it has made you become. And here, my friend, I’d like to tell you this- if by so doing, you see that it hasn’t made you anyone better, then you are also in that reward of saying, “Well- I have given all I can; time for the next stuff!” And you will still be moving on with a bright face.

Reap your rewards. Today, treat yourself the best ice cream in town. Buy yourself that stuff you’ve been eyeing for long. Give yourself the break it deserves. Hey- you have done quite great! If you still can’t enjoy the fruits of your labor, then just enjoy the labor! If they can’t enjoy it, then let them know you enjoy it! Or so much better- call everyone out to celebrate!

Better do that this week.


Editor’s Note: Buenaflor Laoang-Rosete contributes weekly on AMSDaily. You can visit her blog at Barefoot Life Reflections to read more about inspiring stories.