If you’re thinking of giving up, remember how you have already beaten the odds. Think about how much you have conquered thus far. What obstacles did you knock down to get where you are now?
Sometimes it’s helpful to look at others who have beaten the odds. This week many will honor Jackie Robinson Day, which is celebrated on April 15th. On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson became the first African-American player to play on a Major League Baseball field. Jackie Robinson had support from his fans, family and his team manager, Branch Rickey, to defy odds and to shut down the hatred thrown his way. Jackie Robinson entered the MLB at a time when the country wasn’t supportive of desegregated sports but his talent on the field exceeded expectations. He won Rookie of the Year in 1947, won the World Series in 1955 and became a Hall of Famer in 1962.
If you’re wondering why I’m mentioning a famous baseball player in relation to your current struggle, let’s look a little deeper. Many of us turn to experts, coaches, therapists, spiritual advisors, etc. for inspiration during personal struggles. We are surrounded by examples of people who have persevered. If you’re currently reading a book on parenting, building your career or how to improve relationships, you’re relying on someone with expertise. Half of the quotes we all share on Instagram came from a famous person who endured some form of difficulty.
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Someone believes in you.
Now fill your cup with examples of inspiration and keep fighting.
Winners all have doubts but they get back on the field & keep playing. That’s what makes them a winner.
(If you are interested in learning more about Jackie Robinson, there will be a PBS Special beginning April 11-12. Check local listings for more information.)