SOAPBOX shot in the arm Ep. 6: Thomas Henry Huxley
Today’s SOAPBOX® shot in the arm is wrapped around a famous quote by Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist & huge Darwin advocate.
Oy vey! Ever had one of those days, weeks, months, or dare I say, years when you’d like to throw in the towel, slap the Murphy’s Law label across your forehead, and wash it all down with a few cold beers and a box of Hot Tamales? You know what I’m talking about. When your gloomy Groundhog Day world lines your days with an incessant stream of obstacles, seemingly presenting themselves in a choreographed, Catch-22 pattern.
You humbly take up arms and fight for your cause- cause that’s what you DO- yet you barely catch a break to relish the joy in overcoming one challenge when another slips right in to assume its position and throw you for another loop. Person, place, thing, you name it, it fronts a mile-long deli line of things you must initiate and duplicate; battle and coddle; learn, teach, fix, change, add and delete—just to get you one measly inch closer to your goal. Alas, the “WHAT THE HELL? WHY me?” cloak weighs you down to a crawl, right? Well, try this one on for size:
“The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to support you long enough to enable you to reach for something higher.” Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist & huge Darwin advocate
Try tilting your game board about 90 degrees. Now instead of seeing such challenges on a linear plane, one following in line after the other, you create a clear view of these curve balls and lessons learned for their true fundamental, albeit unforgiving, purpose: Cumulative steps leading to a lifesaving summit. None are ever the same, nor do they carry the same weight, affect the same response, or bring about the same resolution or growth. That said, the recovery time following each may then be as short as a flip commercial or as long as a politician’s term. Either way, you must giddy-up, shake it off, psyche yourself up for the next wave, and move on and up. That’s right…on and up. To the next rung. You are all brilliant contenders in your own right, gaining power and strength at each new level. Commit yourself to the climb and you’ll never be overcome.
Well, there’s your SOAPBOX® shot in the arm- hope it leaves a mark.
Never Stop EVOLVING. – KD
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