Nothing worth having comes easily, especially when you're a Grandma.

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I've taken a couple days off with this whole writing thing.  It isn't always possible to dispense of sage advice when my life is so busy with AARP meetings and yelling at Sam to accompany me to and from the grocery store. 

I am sorry that you've been jonesing for some Grandmotherly wisdom.  Should this ever happen again, reach out to me and I'll give you Irene (my mom)'s email address so you can ask her any pressing questions you may have about life, dating, or if you should or shouldn't eat dessert.  

The good news is that during my week off, I've learned some really great things that I now will share with each and every one of you who chooses to read this post in its entirety.  

This week, I learned a life lesson that we hear about often, or scroll past mindlessly on Instagram. 

Nothing worth having comes easy. You've heard it before (in the title of this post, with some grammatical adjustments) and you might not believe it.  And you know what, that's fair because it's not always true.  Toilet paper is worth having.  Man, woman, child, dogwe all agree that TP is a worth-having device. Amazon makes it possible to get toilet paper delivered to your home, anywhere in the United States, in two days.  It doesn't get easier than that, folks. It doesn't get easier than that. 

But for most people, not all of the things worth having in life are toilet paper.  Want a new job? Want a new significant other? Want to get a new dog to provide your current one with company for the moments when you have to leave the apartment for more than an hour?  These are not things that come to you overnight.  

KNOW WHAT YOU WANT

The first step is identifying you have a need.  For the sake of this experiment, let's say I want to make rainbow cookies that are actually rainbow.  I have researched the scenario: rainbow cookies, for the most part, come in a trio of colors, red, yellow, and green.  I learned in kindergarten that those three colors do not a rainbow make.  I want to fix this and I know it won't be easy.

KNOW HOW TO GET IT

If you are a die-hard fan of grandmeryl.com, then you know that I can make rainbow cookies that are all in various shades of green.  I know how to get what I want: I know how to make rainbow cookies and I know how to make them in colors different from the traditional recipe.  Confidence to do what I want to despite it being a deviation from the norm and thus more difficult: check! 

WORK HARD

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The most important part of success in these situations is working your tushy off.  You have to wake up in the morning, you have to get out of bed, and you have to drink a full cup of coffee, maybe even a Trenta from Starbucks.  In my many, many years of life, I have seen many people try and fail to achieve success because they are lazy.  Laziness is not the root of the problem, though.  Laziness can be overcome. Laziness can be shed like a the skin a snake wore last week.  

The problem most people have is they don't even recognize that they are lazy.  Should you fear you are one such person, take a deep breath and remember that you, too, can work hard, so long as you try.