Somewhere around 1898, most of our late night lamps were fueled by whale oil and the once ample supply was just about out! Then, all of a sudden, as if by magic, oil was discovered in Pennsylvania. The entire world pivoted on this great event!
There are times, when the weight of the world is upon us, we struggle, we wiggle, we dust off our bottoms and get on with whatever the task is before us, and often we are “Burning the midnight oil” to get’er done! The job or work before us, may be daunting and even overwhelming, but we persevere, we keep going and we don’t quit!!! Many time our lives “pivot” on our success or failure!
How often have you been under this can of pressure? There are a number of times, that I can recall when I felt that I had reached the end of my rope, as the saying goes. When I did not think that I could do one more thing or last one more second!
Fortunately, for me, these occasions have been rather few and far between. A long time ago, for some reason, I know not why, I developed the ability to withstand the uncomfortable and the unbearable. Most conditions are not permanent and only last for a period of time. Knowing this helps to look past the present unpleasantness and toward the redeeming future. Call it forbearance, call it tolerance, call it what you will, it is the ability to post pone the actual realization of reality to a later time. The reality may however, hit you at a later time, when it is more tolerable and can be more tolerably disposed of and/or dealt with. It is not easy under any circumstances! I believe that it is a method of mind over matter, as they say, if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter!
The midnight oil burns for all of us, depending on what it is that we do. We burn it during the day, in the evening and through the midnight as needed to make the wheels of success turn for us in the direction we want to go. It is often a matter of “Attitude” that we develop to keep us going, to pick up the energy we need to get to the finish line!
Some of the things we might be involved with are as follows:
- Cramming for finals or that special test.
- Childbirth or pregnancy.
- Suffering through an injury or some special pain.
- Having to take a performance test of some kind.
- A special job project we are working on.
- The writing of a book – perhaps your first novel.
- Repairing or rebuilding an engine – such as your car.
- Trying to make that next commission sale.
- Getting through a divorce.
- Going through a spiritual breakdown.
- Making a career choice.
- Finding a job – especially one you like.
- Learning how to cook.
- Buying a car.
- Being low on food or money.
- Any emergency.
- Anything that may stress you out!
Life can be difficult! That is for sure! Do your best in all that you do and that is all that you can do! You and the “Midnight Oil” will often pull you through! Don’t give up for often “Success” is just around the corner!