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The ROCKY road we all experience


Are you having a bad day? Are your relationships on rocky ground? Have you gotten to the end of your rope? Many of us are constantly asking ourselves these types of questions every day and perhaps we are just fed up with life and feel like there is nowhere to go.


As I have contemplated some the same questions over the past couple of weeks, I was reminded of a Rocky movie titled “Rocky Balboa” (MGM, et. all. 2006). In this scene, Rocky’s son is blaming his dad for all of his problems and accusing him of being the reason his life is so hard and unbearable. In a moment that only a father and son can have, Rocky delivers the following direct and inspirational advice.


“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now if you know what you're worth then go out and get what you're worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain't you! You're better than that!” … “But until you start believing in yourself you ain’t gonna have a life.”


My friends, life does have a way of knocking us down and in many cases hard enough to make us want to stay down. Maybe you have been struggling in a difficult marriage or relationship or even trying to deal with an uncertain future. Maybe you have been experiencing stress at work or at home or just trying to find joy in anything you do. All of these things and many more can have such a devastating impact on you that you might begin asking yourself “why do I keep trying when I just keep getting knocked down?”


If you are experiencing these types of feelings and frustrations, my advice to you is to hang in there and don’t give up. I know this seems overly simplistic but don’t let those destructive voices and thoughts take control and rob you of some of the greatest opportunities ahead of you. Your rewards are just around the corner. History is on your side. Spring always follows winter, morning always comes after the night, and light always follows darkness. All you need to do now is muster up a little more courage and strength, clench your fists tight and pull yourself back up. You might be surprised to find that you are more resilient and capable than you thought, that you have more power and strength than you remember, and that you have more to offer and more to accomplish than you could possibly believe. Now get up and prove it.

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