If someone figured up that in your lifetime you would earn a million dollars and then gave you the million dollars at the beginning of your working life, how motivated would you be to learn to work and then to really work?
If someone gave you a garden all planted and pruned and weeded when you first started gardening, how motivated would you be to learn to garden and then to really garden?
In either case, I would guess most of us, if we are honest, would say “not very motivated”.
We all realize at some point that no one is going to hand us a million dollars. We must work to earn our money one nickel at a time. But if we accumulate enough nickels or dimes or dollars over time, we will end up with wealth. (Though for most of us, it won’t be a million dollars.)
The same is true with a garden. No one is going to turn over a complete garden to us. We must build our own gardens one seed, one plant, one path a time. But if we plant enough over time, we will end up with a garden. (Though for most of us it won’t be fancy enough to be featured in a magazine or bring legions of people to our gate to see it.)
But starting it from the beginning and working on it a little bit each day, that’s what makes it ours, whather it is wealth or a garden. We’ve earned it.
And would we have it any other way?