No doubt about it, these are difficult and trying times. It is often said that when met with challenges we rise to meet those challenges. In this current run of Covid-19 we are sort of the underdogs searching for a way to win. The other day I watched Friday Night Lights and I was reminded of how we often are faced with what would be insurmountable obstacles, and how something positive results even in the toughest fights. Coach Gaines gives and inspirational speech noting, “His heart is full”. What he means is, he is comfortable that he has done all he can to be ready. He is ready to meet the challenge ahead.
John Wooden the famous UCLA basketball coach once said, “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” Success comes from being ready to meet the challenge. Wooden also said, “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., said “The ultimate measure of a man/women is not where he/she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he/she stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Many relish the opportunity to be challenged. We want to compete against the best and in beating the best we become the best. No one can argue Covid-19 is not a worthy adversary.
Muhammad Ali stated, “It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.” We too believe we can beat this and move forward because we believe in each other, our strengths. our positivity and ourselves.
As disruptive as all of this has been with lost graduation ceremonies, cancellation of events, disengagement from friends, and the unknown ahead we all need to be positive. Think of the good times ahead, shooting competitions, family outings, vacations, and returning to school. We build memories based on the challenges we beat and this current Covid-19 will be nothing more than a memory as we all move forward. While we may be the underdogs, we will find a way to win.
David R. Vaught, Ph.D.