I wanted to share a story with you today of true courage that I'm sure will resonate with many of you who have experienced challenges and adversity in your lives. For the past ten years the woman in this photo has been battling a non-malignant brain tumor that has taken her to various providers, through many surgeries, bouts of treatment, and has taken part of her physically. During these difficulties she has remained a picture of strength, showed kindness for others, and looked for ways to reach out to inspire people in their own personal battles.
This beautiful lady (my wife) has shown me how to be a true fighter, and to learn how to break through barriers in our lives. This journey has been difficult, but has provided the opportunity to grow by clarifying what matters in life.
4 ways that I've learned from her to break through the barriers in the boxing ring of life
Be Agile - When life is throwing punches your direction you have to know how to bob and weave, duck, and move around the ring. Having the ability to change with the various challenges is vital to surviving. Throughout the years I've seen my wife deal gracefully with being treated poorly at times, staying positive when answers were no where to be found, and continue standing after being hit by a sucker punch that her tumor was back with a vengeance. Agility is a key component of overcoming the challenges faced when you've stepped into life's boxing ring.
Be Positive - Obstacles will enter into our lives without warning, and we must look at the situation with a hopeful perspective. It's not an easy task, but holding firm to thoughts that there is the possibility things can change for the better will prevent a defeatist attitude. During tough times make a list of the positive things in your life, and reflect on how great it is to have these passions, people, and purposes in your life. When you look through a positive prism it quickly diminishes the size of the obstacle your facing, and you can get off the stool in the corner of the ring and continue fighting.
Be Generous - Meeting the needs of others is an effective way to minimize the negative introspection that can occur when facing difficulties in life that seem overwhelming. By looking for opportunities to brighten another's day you can gain more than you give. Generosity will mitigate feelings of sadness, and help to build your confidence that you still have something meaningful to contribute others. What you have to give may be your talents, a trinket, or your time can create that fan base necessary you need to be successful in the challenges faced in the boxing ring of life. By putting these valuable resources to use for others you'll be able to go the distance in the prize fight of your life.
Be Victorious - It's the final round, and you must come out swinging to win the fight. Thinking like a winner will provide the energy necessary to throw the blows needed to knock out the challenges you're facing. Having the right mindset is essential for becoming a victor. The next time you face that difficult opponent (challenge) in your life you have to remember the strengths you bring into the Ring of Life. If someone asked you about yourself could you tell them what makes you special? To be a victor you have to know with confidence that you're a special person with something to offer this world. When you step into the ring and can duck when needed, remember the past fights you've won, and believe in the strength you possess then you'll overcome the challenges facing you in boxing ring of life.