I know that when you lose everything, you find out what you actually have.
And, trust me, you WILL lose much in your life. To think otherwise is naive and unrealistic.
You will fail and fall…
When you find yourself in the position of lacking two nickels to rub together, you realize who only stuck around for your status. When you have to trade in the NEW BMW and downgrade to a leased Fiat, you learn who your real friends are…quickly.
You can say what you want about that car. I LOVED that Fiat. I slept in it for a few days when I din’t have anywhere else to go. It kept me warm when everyone that I thought was a friend gave me the cold shoulder.
I had to lose most of what I owned to realize exactly what I had. I didn’t have luxury cars anymore, not did I have a luxury apartment. The security and benefits of the Navy were long gone, and I was on my own.
I still had food. I still had breath. Hell, I somehow managed to still have a rental home in Virginia that own. I was alive.
Some have it worse.
There is an infant in a neonatal intensive care unit, right now, that won’t make it. Never had a chance. Never did anything to anyone.
And you think you have it bad?
I’m in the process of penning an article about “positive thinking”. My formal education is in Sport Psychology, so I am well aware of the power of positive thinking. However, as you’ll see when I talk about this, many gurus miss the point and fail to be realistic.
Failing, falling, and losing are not to be avoided. It’s simply not possible, but, more to the point, it provides valuable lessons: developing perseverance, grit, and the ability to adapt and weather the trails of life.
Because, in case you haven’t figure it out, life isn’t fair.
It isn’t supposed to be.
The Universe doesn’t owe us shit. No explanations, no reasons, nothing.
I know that you can take everything away from me and I will still survive, I will still rise, I will continue to grow and move forward.
How do I know this?
Because it has happened to me.