Life is not perfect. WOW…..thank you Captain Obvious!
If that’s the case, then perhaps we can take a lesson from U.S. Navy Seals training, and learn to embrace the suck.In a recent Forbes Magazine article, Former Navy Seal Brent Gleeson shared the 7 Navy SEAL Sayings That Will Keep Your Team Motivated. “Discomfort comes in many forms,” writes Gleeson. “But the more you embrace that as a reality, the wider your comfort zone becomes…..so as we like to say, “Embrace the suck.
Short on grammatical elegance, embrace the suck is the tattooed version of Into every life a little rain must fall. It is the moral of the story of The Itsy Bitsy Spider with a tough love slant.
But often times the imperfection of life jumps us from behind when we’re distracted or fatigued, and we abandon our deeper, core beliefs for the shiny objects of instant gratification, impulsiveness and habit. Instead of responding to the predictable, we react as if the fender-benders of life are supposed to happen to everybody else not us, and are somehow unacceptable when the bad experience becomes MY experience.
Embracing the suck is a self-liberating practice of awareness and appreciation that sharpens our ability to take the good with the bad. Through acceptance of the suck, we lighten our burden on the road to happiness.
In any present moment, we can we choose to embrace the imperfections of life rather than being tormented by them again and again, relentlessly and indefinitely. We can choose relief from the bullying of life’s pain and suffering, not because we’ve learned to escape them, but because we’ve learned to embrace them as occasional realities within our greater reality.
We will still get stuck in traffic. We will still have teenage kids. The power point presentation will still disappear. The neighbor’s dog will still bark at night. Our loved ones will still be missed. The winters will still be long.
But when we make a conscious choice to embrace the suck of life rather than reject it, we emulate the words of Maya Angelou who said, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”
If faced with courage, the day-to-day hardships of life, both big and small, are the stepping stones to our success. If not for the night there could be no dawn. If not for our failures, no success.
Perfecting your approach to an imperfect world is all in the embrace.
Executive Health and Performance Coach Billy Sheehan partners with time-challenged professionals to reengineer the relationship between their personal health and professional careers. The resulting balance creates the optimal environment for achieving the highest levels of long-term success.
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