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Life Ain’t All Sunshine And Rainbows

May 9, 2017

The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place. And I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it. You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.
– Rocky Balboa

I love this quote. At their best, the Rocky movies were about the victory we gain when we overcome ourselves. They embodied the idea that it really is not about whether you win or lose. It’s about how you play the game. Coach Norm Dale knew that,

And most important, don’t get caught up thinking about winning or losing this game. If you put your effort and conentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I dont care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game. In my book, we’re gonna be winners!
– Coach Norm Dale “Hoosiers”

This isn’t really a post about winning or losing. I’m sure I could fill a months worth of posts listing the great inspirational quotes. My point is simple and it’s about life itself. Just being alive is cause for celebration. So many didn’t make it. We did. You did. I did. We’re here. My friend Marty Hill, who died of cancer last year taught me that “Today is a good day. Any day you are upright is a good day.”

No, life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. . .but some of it is. Look for those parts.

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren. 

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