The odds are constantly stacked against us.
This is true whether you are black, white, straight, gay, deaf, blind…and on down the list. We all face struggles and are all susceptible to feeling defeated. Whether it is the loss of a job, a failing marriage, the death of a loved one or your favorite sports team losing in a championship game, we all can fall into depressed states.
It would be easy for many of us to look at the current political climate – whether Democrat or Republican – and feel a sense of dread. There is much uncertainty in our world and we never quite know when disaster is going to strike.
And, you can rest assured, it is going to strike.
That’s the harsh reality of our world, we are never safe and secure. Natural and man-made disasters, terrorism, death and disease are lurking around every corner. It is typically when we have our guard down that we are most surprised by disaster.
Take Sept. 11, 2001, as an example. We, as a nation, were secure in the belief that terrorism could never strike on United States soil – apparently we forgot Dec. 7, 1941. The thought that something so catastrophic could ever happen was unthinkable. Yet, nearly 3,000 lives were lost that day, with the death toll still rising from those who developed diseases as a result of risking their lives to save others.
That was the bad news.
The good news is that much of how we respond to these harrowing situations is all a matter of mindset. The intended result of the attacks on Sept. 11 were to instill fear and panic in the lives of America’s citizens. The actual result, however, was much different. We were united as a country on that day. It did not matter who you were or where you came from, you were an American.
Now, we can debate the outcome of those attacks and the steps we took as a nation to “eradicate terrorism,” but that is not important at the moment.
What is important is that those attacks did not defeat us. We got back up, dusted off and pushed forward as a nation.
That is what we need to do as individuals. Life can and will knock you down from time-to-time, and surely isn’t fair. We should be glad, however, that life is not fair. It is only in adversity and pain that we can truly grow.
It is time to get up, dust yourself off and charge forward. Embrace the struggle and push through to be better in the end.
That is how we can truly defeat defeat.