“Life has meaning only in the struggle.
Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the gods.
So let us celebrate the struggle.”
Swahili War Song
I wrote that down in a notebook more than 25 years ago. It's a quote that opens the movie Lorenzo's Oil (1992) ... a helpful thought for challenging times.
But sometimes I think it's possible to celebrate the struggle so much that it becomes all we want ... struggle, conflict, angst (all just hobbling drama).
Sad afflictions that can keep us from enjoying the better relationships, results, and opportunities we all want.
It's easy to see how these might set in and become habits ... several setbacks, learned helplessness, poor mentors, bad peers. (I suffer from these sometimes and I wrote Smile & Move, Lead Simply, Cross The Line, and Love Your People.)
The better conditions to acquire, I think, are ATK (kindness), ATC (contribution), and ATL (love) ... a much better use of our time.
When you have 6 minutes, enjoy the video below about gratitude and living in the moment. I watch it every few months or so for a boost to my attitude. Go full screen with it. If you can, tune out the world while watching and listening.
My favorite thought by Brother David Steindl-Rast (the narrator): “If you learn to respond [to this day] as if it were the first day in your life and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.”
Roll that around in your mind for 10 seconds. It's a really wonderful reminder. (And it appears to end in the video at 2:12 ... hmmm.)