This post is about persistence in the face of adversity.
Losing Everything Isn't Losing
When I was in Army Basic Training, I heard the senior drill sargeant tell a soldier "This is just a thing, and things can't hurt you." It seemed an odd thing to say. So odd that it stuck with me all these years since boot camp. I believe part of the reason was the truth in that statement. Things can't hurt you.
Does fear of losing everything paralyze you? Have you ever lost everything? I have. Well, nearly everything. I suppose, looking back at my early life, I was prepared to lose everything by growing up with so little. When I started succeeding, I didn't really know how to manage it. I appreciated having things, but that's different than knowing how to handle stuff.
Fear can be a powerful thing, but it needn't run your life. The next phase of your life often involves walking through some valley filled with fear. Don't take my word for it: Ask anyone who's been there. I see very few baby pictures that include silver spoons. Most people have earned their success, and it's required they pass through a trial that you may be facing today.
Don't Go Away
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is continue standing. I'm not talking about sprinting, running, walking, or even crawling towards a goal. I'm talking about just getting up and facing the day ahead.
Maybe you have an unpleasant meeting today. Maybe you don't know how you're going to continue in business, keep your job, remain in a relationship, stay alive, or pay taxes (today is Tax Day in the US).
The Next Step
The next part of your life could be encumbered by stuff you currently carry around. You might need a "junkectomy" and if so, there will be collateral damage - it'll require the removal of otherwise good and right stuff in your life. But your next step may take you to heights you cannot now imagine. The path from where you now stand to where you're heading may take you through an unpleasant valley.
This happened to me. I was in the middle of a separation that would end in divorce. I lived in a little house in the middle of a 100-acre field. It was November. Depressed, I looked out back across the field to the woods filled with trees that had lost their leaves for the season. I was hurting. I said out loud "Will it ever be Spring?" I was referring more to how I felt inside than the lifeless forest outside my window. It wasn't so much a question as a prayer, not so much a prayer as my soul moaning. From inside I heard "Yes, and you cannot imagine what's coming."
Take a look at what was coming:
What To Do Today
Shine. Anyone can look like a rock star when everything's going their way. You find out what people are made of when they face adverse circumstances. Your light will shine brighter when surrounded by darkness.
Don't sleep in, get up early.
Don't mope, smile.
Don't step back, step up.
It may be winter inside, but Spring is coming. Hang in there.