“It ain’t about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s about how much you can take, yet still move forward. That’s how winning is done.“
It’s easy to tell others to act in a certain way and be positive during difficult times. It’s not that easy to do that when life really gets tough. I recently allowed frustration to get the better of me. I’ve always been fit and involved in sport. But then, a few years ago, I developed some regeneration of my one hip that made it impossible to do any more running. Although that was frustrating in itself, I turned my attention to swimming.
Over the past year or so I worked hard to stay fit by swimming 5km a day and loving every moment of it. Then, 6 weeks ago, out of nowhere, my wrist became incredibly painful and became really swollen. It had become so bad that I struggled to change gears when driving. I’ve been to the doctor 4 times, had 3 blood tests as well as 2 x-rays, but still no diagnosis. After spending 7 hours at a local hospital, one week ago, they managed to determine that it might be an issue with my liver. So, I have an MRI appointment on the 22nd of December.
You see, I am not worried. I know that God is in control and whatever needs to happen will happen. But it has been incredibly frustrating not being able to do basic things and not being able to keep fit. That was until I decided that I am not a tree. I can change my thinking. I can change my attitude. So, today, I decided to give it a go and went for a 2km swim in the sea. My wrist is pretty sore but my frustration level is down to zero and I’m feeling great.
God has given us a life of victory. And the only way we can live it, is if we choose to live it! We either choose to live life to the full, or we allow life to drain us till we are empty. Like Dory says: “Just keep swimming.” Because when we do, God will provide the current to make us go faster.
Have an awesome day!