“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”
Vince Lombardi As quoted in Into the Gauntlet (2010) pg. 181
Well, it might be a little about HOW you get up too …
In one of those little life coincidences, this quotation comes in the order the day after I learn of a dear friend’s cancer. My thoughts over the past day have been much about how we deal with what life presents to us.
We will get knocked down … as sure as God made little green apples.
No surprises there. Life has an apparent randomness to it and events happen without notice, without reason, and without checking first to see who deserves a better deal.
I hate this phrase, but it fits: “It is what it is.”
Railing about the unfairness of something does little to address the reality. Being upset may feel good for a while, but that gets old rather quickly. Despair only leads down and that spiral does not end well.
So how to get back up when you are lying flat on your back with the wind knocked out of you?
Here’s one prescription from another dear friend and the husband:
“In the meantime we are focusing on healing prayer/meditation, right thinking, trusting God, and giving attention to the many avenues of health and support that are so very important. Thanks in advance for your love and care. It means so much in a time such as this.”
The simple faith, acceptance, and positive attitude I see in these words works for me. If you are lying on the floor and struggling for breath over what life has handed you, maybe they will help you some as well.
Hurting and looking for comfort in the Heartland ….