Every three to four years, the military moves you around to new units and new opportunities. My turn to rotate came up this year, so two weeks ago, I packed up my belongings and headed north to D.C. Quite a bit happened along the way – I adopted a new pet, my truck broke down, my routine was altered for at least a week, and my life became a little more chaotic than I’m used to.
One of my friends asked if I wanted to stop working out, relax a little bit, and take life easy during this transition. But when you run multiple businesses, have multiple commitments including family and work, there’s not much you can push pause on. Sometimes, you have to endure for a little while.
One of my favorite quotes goes, “Sometimes you’re the windshield. Sometimes you’re the bug.” It’s a poignant note on the fact that life is always moving either up or down. You have to endure the bad to enjoy the good. And this time in my life I was on the downside.
Every now and then, though, you need an inspirational quote or picture that gives you an extra push for the day. One of my favorites that I like to come back to from time to time is from President Theodore Roosevelt. In one of his most famous speeches, Citizenship in a Republic, there’s a section that’s called “The Man in the Arena.”