There were seven instructive words straight out of Barney’s mouth on Saturday morning:
“Dad – I’m trying to suck it up”
… His answer, to my question, about the pain in his legs.
See, we’d just got back from a run, and this was the first time ever he’d refused to throw in the towel and walk at any point.
Something to do with him wanting to “challenge” himself like an Olympian.
Now I don’t know if you’ve got kids, but there’s something special about seeing them rise up in a blaze of glory and deciding for themselves that they want to keep pushing forward.
Because when push comes to shove this is NOT how most operate.
Instead, most choose to live inside very small boxes.
… And those boxes have very thick walls, no windows and no doors – meaning they can’t move.
Made worse by the fact that even if an opportunity does manage to find a way through – it finds inside a poor tormented bastard that’s beat down and broken – so still, nothing happens.
The all too common reality of bending the knee to small boxes and thick walls – instead of embracing a conquering challenge.
Truth is, and has Barney boldly demonstrated, you and I my friend, get to deliberately decide two things:
- The life you want.
- How you respond to challenges (and opportunities).
Something that as humans, we’d be wise to consider is a unique privilege and honour.
The only real heritage of strength that separates men from pigs.
The interesting thing being, how many men still refuse to cut the cord, burn the ships and double down on this birthright, this distinction and this power to bear down and drive forward.
It seems now more than ever, this virtue is the one thing that will continue to separate the men from the boys…
… And explains why those who choose to step up and stand shoulder to shoulder with the other men of action, here inside of The Fellowship, get results and keep pushing forward – whatever the challenge.
Make More. Provide More. Be More.