Now that we’re two days past the election, has your euphoria/depression faded?
Has your life returned to normal? Are your thoughts and preoccupations back to ground level and the immediacy of where you are?
In my world I have a wide and diverse collection of friends and associates who fall all across the wide spectrum of social, political and religious thought. I’ve heard much chatter from both sides, those made happy by the outcome and those who are convinced we’re going to hell in a hand basket.
Here in Alabama I have friends greatly upset by the election of Judge Roy Moore, a real draconian figure made famous over an installation of the Ten Commandments in his courtroom.
By contrast I’m encouraged.
Not because I support Judge Moore, quite the opposite, in fact. I voted for his opponent. I’m encouraged because Judge Moore represents another source of adversity.
Why do we progress the weights or the difficulty of a movement in the gym?
We do this to increase the challenge. We make the movement harder to increase our effort and create positive change. Positive change only happens in the face of adversity.
Look at the world around you. What has been the greatest source of creativity and artistic development for the past 100 years? The African American community.
From the ghettos of America came the Blues, Jazz, Rock and Roll, and Hip-Hop. Each of these expressions a response to the social and economic conditions of their day. Each went on to help shape the very fabric of the society at large reaching audiences well outside their original demographic.
So, if you’re like me and you want to thrive, to become more than just your own status quo, learn to embrace adversity. The greater the obstacle the greater my creativity, because the only person who can make me stop is me.
To our perfect imperfection,