I have had many blessing in my life … and … many disappointments. I am convinced that life is a journey and every moment in life will become what we make of it. I’ve had my gains and I’ve seen my losses. I have had two major moments in my life when I have literally lost everything …. Employment … finances … marriage … everything in a moment. At those times, when it seemed all was lost and hope was nearly gone … somehow … deep inside of me … there was a voice that said “git-up”. So … with no emotion and not knowing what direction to take … I would make that decision to “git-up” and move forward … “step-by-step” … and rebuild my life from scratch all over again.
At times I would envy those who claim they had their trials and difficulties BUT never have gone through the experience of “total loss” like I have … not once … but twice. I would hear them complain about things that were important to them … and yet, to me, seemed so trivial. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective
When I lived in the Philippines, which is one of the poorest countries in the world and yet has some of the happiest people I have ever met, I really learned to put things into perspective. People there appreciate what little they may have and yet, if you know anything of their history, the Philippine people have suffered great losses over the years … much more than we can even imagine in America. They are a resilient people and know how to “git-up” when knocked down.
In America we used to be like that … for those experiences are what made our country so great … and I believe there are still some in my homeland who are like that … but, for the most part, we have become a people who can’t handle loss and if we do experience any kind of loss we ask two things (1) who, besides me, is to blame for this? and (2) who, besides me, is going to fix it?
I think our losses in life ”define” and “refine” us. They DEFINE us in that our true nature rises to the surface in that time of crisis revealing our priorities and values in life. They REFINE us ONLY if we let them … for it is an opportunity to learn … to change … to grow … and to become a better person.
I am now being challenged with the third “git-up” in my life. In many ways, just as dramatic as the first two which were fifteen and thirty years ago … but nonetheless major changes with some substantial loss … career changes … and social adjustments. I am 65 now and, though in my past I would bounce back quickly, I find I’m moving slower these days. For a few brief moments the other night I felt pretty tired and discouraged and said to myself: “I don’t think I have another GIT-UP left in met”. As I lay in bed contemplating all of this I realized that, while at my age I may be a little slower, my life journey has given me wisdom, experience, patience, calm and the endurance to do it again!
SO … I woke the next morning with a NEW PASSION and ONE MORE GIT-UP to move forward and witness the great things that will happen in my life and my career over the next 15 – 20 years of my life.
I’m just being transparent and authentic in this writing today … and … maybe that’s what happens when we get old and sentimental … BUT I hope this writing has given you the courage and strength to find JUST ONE MORE “GIT-UP” in your life today.
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