Some of you that stopped in for a quick visit today may be going through a rough period in your life. It may be at work, it may be at home or God forbid it may be both. And even though you have been around long enough to know that this is a natural part of life, that does not make it any easier to keep your head to the sky, keep your focus sharp and keep your legs marching forward. So This morning I am going to remind you of something that I know you have heard before but may have lost track of:
TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST, BUT TOUGH PEOPLE ALWAYS DO
If you had a grandmother from down South, they had a saying back in the day that she might have repeated to you when you were feeling down. You may recall her telling you not to worry because “Trouble don’t last always.” And your grandmother was right. Trouble DON’T last always. Whatever it is will pass by the natural movement of time.
And you will STILL be whoever you are except you will have lived through a difficult challenge and come out on the other side to reflect on it. By any measure you will be stronger and wiser in your mind and your spirit. I chose this clip art theme because Will Smith’s portrayal of Chris Gardener in The Pursuit of Happyness was one of the most impactful that I have ever seen- and as I have said a few hundred times on this blog, I am a certified cenephile and I have watched a ton of movies. This man’s story embodies today’s message as much as any example I could have chosen.
I can’t recall seeing a story set in contemporary times where a character goes through more real life hardship, stress and strain just trying to live a normal life. After losing his wife, his business failing, losing all of the money he had and finally ending up homeless on the streets of San Francisco with his five year old son, he SURVIVED. The fact that he came out clean on the other side and THRIVED in the aftermath of his ordeal was deeply moving. The fact that the story was TRUE was the capper for me and my hope is that it will be for you, too.
Take a good look at the unrestrained joy, gratitude and relief on Will’s face up there after Chris Gardener’s ship finally came in. Your moment to feel that way is coming, my friend. It may be just around the corner. But you have to remind yourself as often as you can that you are TOUGH and tough people always outlast tough times. This man was giving his absolute all and it seemed like nothing was good enough or would ever break his way- until it did. And the rest is history. Chris eventually became wealthy to the point that he became a primary benefactor for the homeless shelter that took him in with his son when he was at his low point. Now that is what I call WINNING. So here’s to you and my prayer that you will get your win soon and it will make you feel THIS good. Good luck and Godspeed!