We all think we have had bad days from time to time. After last weekend, I view mine just a tad bit different. Here’s why.
Last weekend, following the conclusion of a busy and tiring 3-Day Elite Pitchers Bootcamp, Coach Wolforth & I decided we’d go to a movie. We went to “The Lone Survivor”. The movie is based on the true story of a Navy Seal assignment in Afghanistan that goes bad, very bad, with three of the four original Seal team dying along with 8 Seals and 8 Army Special Operations soldiers losing their lives trying to save the four. One Seal, Marcus Luttrell, was the lone survivor.
Words can’t describe here what these soldiers withstood and yet continued to fight. Their will was absolutely incredible. Even with broken bones, bullets holes and lost limbs, they persevered. Several times throughout the battle, one Seal would say to another, “We’re good, right”. Meaning we’re okay. The other would respond, “We’re good” and they’d press on. Anyone looking at them would most definitely not say they were in good shape, actually quite the contrary.
Now, I realize with the Navy Seals we’re talking about them fighting for their very survival. Fighting for our lives would cause most of us to endure more than we typically otherwise would. But it does raise the question, can we endure more. I reminded my son after the movie, I guess that cracked skin on your hand that bothers you during bp isn’t so bad after all, is it?
This is why I’ve taken the stand to view my “bad” days a little differently now. As a matter of fact, in comparison mine are really rather good bad days. So, that’s how I’m going to look at them, as “Good, Bad Days”.
I encourage you to determine for yourself how you will process your bad days. I simply remind you that you will have good days and you will have bad days and you won’t know which are which for a very long time.
For example, if a good day causes you to become complacent in the long run; it wasn’t actually a good day, was it? And if a bad day causes you to take action for something bigger and better, I would suggest it wasn’t a bad day after all.
In closing, if you haven’t done so yet, I highly recommend seeing “The Lone Survivor”. After watching it I simply said, “Thank the Lord there are men like these who do what they do so we can do what we do”.