I’m sure that most of you remember that catchy little tune by Chumbawamba that says:
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
Probably some of the simplest lyrics of any song that ever became a hit, and hopefully, as it pertains to you – it’s true.
The first part is reality – In life you absolutely will “get knocked down.”
I had one of those weeks just last week. Seriously. I took about 3 different shots to the gut (figuratively speaking) on 3 different days. It didn’t feel good. I wasn’t ready for it. It was not pleasant. It hurt! My week this week will be better, but it is true, at certain points throughout our lives, we are going to get knocked down.
It might be in a relationship, a job you lost or a promotion you didn’t get. Maybe a family member or close friend disappointed you, your contract on your dream house fell through or your child made a bad mistake. A health issue. A money issue. I could go on and on with the ways life will hit us and knock us down – sometimes repeatedly. You know your situation, and you know how these punches have impacted your life.
Here’s is my question for you today – how did you react?
I wrote a paper when I was in college on the speeches of Martin Luther King. He once said: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” That’s powerful.
In the sixth installment of the Rocky series, the great philosopher Rocky Balboa delivered his version of the same thought. When talking to his son about life he says, “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 you 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!“
We’ve all heard the saying that if you are traveling a path that has no obstacles, it is probably not leading you anywhere. How true!
My website and my blogs are generally about starting your life TODAY and making the necessary changes to be who you want to be. Did you get knocked down by life yesterday? Last week? How did you react? Did you get up again? Push forward? Make a productive change?
Don’t be like the little gal on the old television commercial who made famous the line “I’ve fallen….and I can’t get up.”
If you have been knocked down – you can get up.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Teamwork means everything when we’ve been knocked down. Lean on people who you know will be there to help you when you need it, and return the favor to them because, just like you, they will eventually get knocked down too.
- Step back and see if there is anything you might have done that caused life to happen the way it did. This obviously isn’t always the case, but if there is something you could have done to avoid the issue, make sure you don’t go that route again.
- Take time for healing, and learn from what you have been through. This could be the perfect time to make some changes that will help you become a better husband, better wife, better parent, better boss or employee. Learn from your adversity rather than letting it keep you down.
- Laugh!!! Yes, laugh. Watch a funny movie, go to a comedy club, pull up a comedy podcast on your phone, but laugh. Laughter really is medicine for our souls when we’ve been knocked down.
Listen, life isn’t easy, and the measure of who you are will be revealed, not when things are going well, but when you are challenged, when you get knocked down.
Will you get up again?
Remember – Life begins TODAY!!!