When The Going Gets Tough
By Richard Mabey Jr.
Of late, I’ve been accused by some folks of being simplistic in my writings. Of being a bit Pollyana. Of looking too much in the past and not looking ahead enough. Oh, the list of criticisms goes on and on. The basic elements of fault finding. For me, there is the basic realization that you can’t please everyone. So, alas, I move forward and continue to drudge through the mud and mire, in my own personal search for truth.
The one thing I know for certain is true, nothing comes easy. Nothing. Regardless of what field a person is working in, nothing comes easy. From the man who works as a school janitor to the woman who works as a rocket scientist for NASA, nothing come easy. Oh, at first glance, it may seem that things come easy for some people. But rest assured, if you do even a little bit of investigation and detective work, you’ll find that there were times when the fellow who looks like he’s got it made in the shade, walked the rocky road at one time or another.
Recently, I’ve had the worst writer’s block that you could ever imagine. My sister Patti had major surgery, followed by a rather long-term hospital stay. Some people have seriously misunderstood my writings and chose to assault me with rather unkind criticisms. And the old dog and pony show of going through some job interviews resulted in receiving those emails, “blah, blah, blah, we found a more suitable candidate, blah, blah, blah. But, please do keep doing business with us. We do love your money.”
Life is strange. At times you can be on top of the mountain. It seems that everything you touch turns to gold. Then, there are times when it seems that you are walking through the desert. And, everything you touch turns to lead. But, truly, when it seems that everything is going sour, that’s just the time when you’ve got to pull your boot straps up and try, try, try again and again. And, never give up! Never surrender to the meanies!
I once read a Writer’s Digest article written by a man who had written scripts for television soap operas. I believe it was back in 1977, that I read that article. I have been looking for that article in my old Writer’s Digest magazines, but I just can’t find it. The crux of the article was that age prejudice is real. At the time that I read that article, I was 23 years old. It really didn’t mean anything to me at the time. However, it did get me to thinking.
If you’re going through a rough time. If you’re going through a financial struggle. If you are having a tough time at your present job. If you are being misunderstood by loved ones. Give yourself the golden gift of taking some time for yourself. Think it all out. Focus on positive thoughts. Remind yourself of good things that you have accomplished in the past. And, never give up. Never give up. Never give up!
No matter how bleak your present situation may look. Keep focused on positive thoughts. Create a simple mantra and repeat it over and over and over and over again. Your mantra can be something as simple as “I will succeed.” Or, it might be something as simple as, “yes I can!” Sometimes, the simpler the mantra, the better. The reason being is that you want to repeat and repeat and repeat your mantra to yourself so it becomes ingrained in your subconscious mind.
People are not always kind. Friends and loved ones may betray you. It may seem like your wheels are just spinning in the sand. But know this, you can rise above the tough times! You can bounce back! You can succeed! You can do most anything that you set your mind to do! Yes, you can champion your own cause! Yes, you can make it big!
It doesn’t matter what you are going through right now. You may be enduring criticism from a mean-spirited boss. You may be getting harsh criticism from a loved one. Your heart may be filled with self doubts. But know this, you can rise above it all, and rise to greater heights! Yes you can!
Never give up! Never give up! Never give up!