We must make steady and persistent efforts firmly grounded in daily life.
If we travel in the orbit of “practice equals daily life,” all our efforts will definitely be rewarded. We can then lead lives in which all our efforts, lessons and yes, struggles will be beneficial.
Should all our efforts be rewarded without our having to make any “effort”, we would grow lazy. Should all our desires be achieved without our ever having to experience suffering or hardship, we could not understand the pain and struggles of others, and our compassion would gradually wane.
Thus our practice actually equals our efforts and we equally reap that which we persist with, understand and learn from.
Peace and Love, Jim