There is no need in life to be continually just pushing along, drudging along. If you are awake and open in living situations, it is possible for them and you to be creative, beautiful, humorous, and delightful. This natural openness is right effort as opposed to any old effort. Right effort is seeing a situation precisely as it is at that very moment, being fully present, with delight, with a grin.
Condensed from "The Eightfold Path," in The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation, page 122 in the Shambhala Library edition.