I want to begin this week by stating that I hope each of you enjoyed a blessed holiday weekend with family, friends, and loved ones. For me, it was a weekend of celebration as my birthday actually fell on Easter Sunday. Between running 30 miles, grilling out with friends, and spending time with my wife, it was two days when I needed to focus on myself. So, thank you for being patient and waiting an extra week for a post!
Every time I sit down and place my fingers to the keyboard, I draw from the thoughts and experiences of myself and others. Sometimes the main idea of a post is extracted from a story that someone told me. At other times, I pull from an adversity that I’m currently working through. It (the post) could be a passage from a book that I’m currently reading. Regardless of where the origin lies, I try to convey a message that is real, that is raw, and that is genuine.
In the process, my goal has always been to cause you (my readers) to critically think and analyze just a smidgeon of your own life. Consequently, asking yourself two questions:
- To what part of my life does this apply?
- How am I going to make a call to action?
From there, it’s mostly out of my control. The power to act rests not in my hands, or my words, but in the hearts and minds of each of you. And so, week after week, for the past four years I have returned to computer. Perhaps I’ve said something that sucker-punched you in the gut. Maybe there was an instance in which my words provided encouragement. And, if I’m lucky, there was a point in time in which my words provided you with hope.
Not just any hope. A hope that – with passion – you can become a better person. A hope that with purpose you can move from your ‘here’ to your ‘there’. A hope that reminds you to never settle for mediocrity. In that hope, the confidence to know that whatever shit you have to go through to get to the other side, the assurance that today is possible.
Today is possible is a theme that I have really driven home the last couple of months. In recent weeks, I have shared ideas on related topics such as the following:
- Learning leads to growth, and growth to success
- Reaching a decisive point
- Living in comfort, growth, and panic mode
- The importance of a life manifesto
I don’t recall the catalyst for the notion of ‘today is possible’, however, it continues to resurface.. The title of my blog is Embracing Adversity. In many ways, that title speaks to the theme of recent weeks’ posts. To embrace adversity is to believe and to know that regardless of where your feet land in the morning, you can move forward with a deliberate desire in pursuit of this wonderful life. For it is within this life that you have everything to gain, and nothing to lose.
In the weeks to come, expect to see (and read more) on theme today is possible. And, as you begin your week, take a few moments to reflect on these two questions:
- Why is today important – to me?
- What makes today possible – for me?
Take it one step further. Place your thoughts onto paper. Scribble your answers on a sticky note. Put these responses in plain view. Then, when your day becomes challenging, take a quick glance at your own words. At last, tell yourself, ‘Today is Possible’.
I’ll leave you with a quote from the book I’m currently reading, Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight, founder of Nike.
If I tended to dwell on all the things I wasn’t, the reason was simple. Those were the things I knew best. I’d have found it difficult to say what or who exactly I was, or might become. Like all my friends I wanted to be successful. Unlike my friends, I didn’t know what they meant. Money? Maybe. Wife? Kids? House? Sure, if I was lucky. These were the goals I was taught to aspire to, and part of me did aspire to them, instinctively. But deep down I was searching for something else, something more. I had an aching sense that our time is short, shorter than we ever know, short as a morning run, and I wanted mine to be meaningful. And purposeful. And creative. And important. Above all… different.
I wanted to leave a mark on the world.
I wanted to win.
No, that’s not right. I simply didn’t want to lose.
-Phil Knight, Founder of Nike