Yesterday we went to the Brewers game and they had the number 42 up to honor Jackie Robinson. It reminded me of this email below that I sent out previously.
We started watching “42” (the story of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball) and I have been listening to Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” the last few days (in it he tells the story of his experience in a concentration camp).
Both stories include more than their fair share of difficulty and suffering.
The important thing was how each used their difficulties and suffering to find meaning and purpose in their lives.
We each have the same opportunity.
Sure, our suffering is not on the scale of theirs, but the lessons are the same.
Maybe you are having a hard time with your diet.
Maybe you are battling an addiction.
Maybe you are just having a hard time finding happiness.
Jackie and Viktor would both tell you to stick with it.
The hard part is worth it.
We can embrace our difficulties with the enthusiasm and energy that comes with recognizing that they serve a purpose. They refine us and mold us into the person we are capable of becoming.
Make it a great day.