REAL MEN SERIES: QUITTING

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REAL MEN DON’T QUIT.

I don’t mean changing activities.  I don’t mean realizing that a certain thing just isn’t for us or that our life would be better off going in a different direction.  I mean giving up.  Falling over.  Rolling over.  Letting life steamroll us.  Life is HARD.  Sometimes we want to allow it to pummel us and just hold on to the ride as best as we can.  This just isn’t the right way to go about it.  No matter what happens in our lives, we need not quit.  We can always choose to actively face our pain.  We can always choose to actively fight and try to change things.  Sometimes we need to realize what is worth fighting for.  What I am talking about is quitting in the general sense.  Becoming passive in our own lives.  We all face challenges.  We all face problems.  Sometimes giving up on life seems like the easiest option.  Sometimes it seems like giving in would be easier than to keep going.  Often times, not quitting means facing great pain and suffering on a conscious basis.  Well I have news for you guys.  The pain is going to be there whether we are “actively experiencing” it or not.  The brave decision is to keep facing up to it.  There are some things that I think deserve special mention that are always worth fighting for.

YOURSELF:  NEVER give up on yourself.  NEVER.  Who you are is unique.  Who you are is strong and creative.  Don’t allow the world to bring you down.  You are always worth fighting for.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  Rejuvenation, healing, and growth are ALWAYS possible; no matter what your circumstances are.

FAMILY:  NEVER give up on your family.  This enters the realm of “unconditional love.”  Has somebody been a bad family member or relative to you in your opinion?  Should we out them or not include them?  Maybe we should let them know they offended us by criticizing their decisions.  Maybe if we don’t agree with how they are living their lives we should let them know in subtle ways that cut deep.  This is not the way of things.  All of us are individuals.  We are also members of a collective.  Our families are our closest collective units.  It has always been challenging to be part of a family.  We sometimes get lost in the illusion that OUR WAYS are the ways that the entire family should adhere to.  This just isn’t the case.  We can let everyone be who they are while maintaining our own beliefs and opinions.  Unconditionally loving the love in our family is the best option here.  Living out of love may not always feel good, but it sets a good example and everyone remembers genuine love.

EARTH:  NEVER give up on the planet guys.  We have serious serious problems here.  We pay sports stars millions while there are people starving in the world.  We wage wars and destroy our resources faster than we can replace them.  There is a new wave coming.  We are finally starting to come around to the idea that things MUST change if we are going to make this place safe for our children and their children after that.  Our technology has allowed us to do great things.  It has also allowed us to do things that we may have not been designed to do.  The planet deserves our respect.  It has supported life for a very long time.  Let’s all do our small part to help restore the earth and learn to live more in harmony with her.

GOD:  This is a tough one guys.  What is God?  The funny thing?  GOD is the same force that is interpreted billions of different ways.  I can’t say that my way is correct.  I can’t say that his or her way is wrong.  I can’t say that this group nailed it or that group is stupid.  There is one thing that I can say.  WE ARE WRONG WHEN WE THINK WE UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT GOD IS.  Who is leading the charge?  Are you following God or are you creating him?  It is so hard as humans not to “create” a God that fits what we think he should be.  Why do we do this?  Ultimately, I think it is because we don’t like to give control of our lives to something more powerful than we are.  Sometimes LISTENING to what God is is very hard.  When do the changes start happening?  When our ego, mind, body, and spirit realize that GOD is the one; not us.  God has the answers.  It’s his system.  We are all playing a part in it.  The best we can do as humans is to listen.  To listen and to trust.  Is it hard to trust God sometimes?  You bet your ass it is.  It just means to acknowledge that we are part of a much bigger system, and that as much as we would like at times, need to allow that system to operate outside of our own wants and desires.

“FOR WE KNOW IN PART AND WE PROPHECY IN PART.” – CORINTHIANS 13:9

 

Let’s take the plunge guys.  Don’t ever quit.  Keep growing.  Keep evolving.  Keep healing.  Face those tough battles.  Often the internal battles are the hardest.  This is one of the toughest lessons in life.  It is also one of the most important.  Life is tough sometimes, but WE ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE.

-JOE

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