It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything motivational and after a very interesting conversation with “The Warden” (my mom) I felt compelled to do so. Ordinarily I post something that’s bound to cheer you up when you’re feeling down or lend a kind word that reminds you that life will get better; this time though, I’m going to offer up some ‘advice’ that’s a little more my speed. Not quite so watered down but equally as motivating if you have the drive to follow it.
As I’ve stated many times I’m a devout Christian. Also in bringing this to the forefront I’ve tried my best to make it clear that despite my beliefs and religious parameters, I’m a realist. Yes, I know. My Lord and savior Jesus Christ offers unconditional forgiveness for your sins and will allow you into the kingdom of heaven so long as you repent and accept him as your savior. Sounds nice and everything, but in a way, I think that has its limits. Although the bible teaches praying, asking for forgiveness, repenting and all of that jazz I don’t think the bible meant it in the literal context people seem to use it in. Please don’t misunderstand me, you don’t need me to tell you that you can go to the Lord with any problem and I’m most certainly not trying to say that certain prayers aren’t ‘acceptable’, but in the bible we as people are often refered to as Soldiers and let me tell you, Soldiers don’t cry, complain, beg for mercy, abandon a mission or give up. Maybe it’s just because I’m a bit of a hard ass but I think that the Lord gives you troubles in your life to teach you a lesson, to ‘test’ you and in many cases to open your eyes to the reality right in front of you. With that being said, I don’t think things like an easy life should be asked for. I’d always believed that the Lord will never put more on you than you can bear and as my mama always said, “if He brought you to it, he’ll bring you through it”. If Christ himself has that much faith in you, why don’t you have that much faith in yourself? I’m not saying run through the streets fighting bad guys and saving kitten from trees like you’re Superman (or Batman :-)) but don’t bunker down and hide out when shit gets tough. Prior to seeing the picture below I could never find a short, sweet and to the point way to articulate the way I felt about life and hard times. Thankfully, martial arts master Bruce Lee said it for me: “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”. Wow.
I know that we now live in a world where every kid is a winner and are brainwashed to believe that the world is a much kinder place than it was for our parents and grandparents. I totally hate to rain on your black parade but let me remind you; it’s not. In life no one will reward mediocrity. In the workforce promotions will not be given to sub-standard workers and in personal affairs great things like a nice home with nice furnishings will not be given to those who rest on their laurels and wait for them to be handed to them. The nice fancy life, on the job promotions, awards and decorations will now and forever be given to those who work hard and overcome the tough times; not those who cry about it. Yes, I know it sucks, I really do. I’ve been in plenty of positions in my life where by the book I was flat-out not good enough. At no point was mercy shown, compassion given or a handout sent my way because I asked, “please lessen the load”. It sure sucked to go through that shit don’t get me wrong, but in these cases I was able to rise above my peers and excel in many ways those that asked for a break did not. I’m not bragging, I’m just trying to describe that despite the going getting tough, you can’t give up. With that being said, whenever you think things are tough remember, mercy is only given to fools and babies and you’re neither. You’re an awesome person with talent, motivation and a great life ahead of you! So pull yourself up by your boot-straps, wipe the tears and march on! Don’t ask for a shorter walk, ask for the strength to make it through the long haul. Have a great day everyone!