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Landon Saunders

            Sometimes it’s so easy to feel as if you’re down for the count. Alone. Face on the mat…you’ve been dealt one of life’s toughest blows.

            I’ve felt this more than once. And in the daze I’ve heard the count: four…five…six…And something in me says, “Get up! This is no way to go out…face down…without a fight.”

            You’ve been there too, haven’t you? So, what can you do?

            I like to think of a little child whose heart motivates him to get up again and again, fall after fall, determined to stand again and learn to walk.

            The heart of a child…That’s the heart needed to handle what life throws your way. That heart enables you to stand once again in the center of the ring.

            If you’re ever on the mat, feeling alone, remember the little child. That stirring you feel is the heart of the child within you…just waiting for another chance to take on the world.

            I like these lines from William James: “If this life be not a real fight in which something is eternally gained for the universe by success, it is no better than a game of private theatricals from which one may withdraw at will. But it feels like a real fight.”

            And Paul Simon’s song describes the heart we sometimes need in life:

“In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade

And he carries the reminder of every glove that that laid him down

Or cut him ‘till he cried out in his anger and his shame,

‘I am leaving. I am leaving.’ But the fighter still remains.

              At the height of the bombing in London in World War II, Churchill spoke to his people, saying: “Never, never, never, never, never, never give up.”

COMING FRIDAY: Finding The Right Coin

[This is an excerpt from, How To Win 7 Out Of 8 Days A Week by Landon Saunders which is out of print and used by permission. In 2024 we will work through the entire book, with posts two or three times a week. – Geoffery Moore, Editor]