Yesterday I spoke with two men who had received news regarding their future. For one it was positive, an opportunity to reconnect with his family sooner rather than later. For the other it was a discouraging setback, a heartbreaking delay to getting his life and family back on track.
Both are facing challenges. For one the increased motivation to keep steady on the path of change was wonderful but I encouraged him to keep his eyes forward and not to relax, fall back into old habits and flawed thinking. For the other the conversation was more difficult. He was discouraged and disappointed. There was a brokenness in his spirit and a draining of his resolve. I empathized with him and the hurt he was experiencing but wanted to instill the truth that this was still a defining moment in his life. It was an opportunity to decide to keep going, not give up, to overcome this obstacle, to become stronger, more committed to the cause of being a good man.
Deciding to look for a window when a door closes, to keep going when the going gets tough, to look up when the world knocks us down can be one of the most important decisions we make in our lifetimes.