If you followed me on social media this weekend, you'd know I was at the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions with one of my former clients, Brian Dawkins.
It was a fantastic weekend. Not just as a fan, but being in the presence of some of the greatest players to ever play the game. Guys I grew up watching and hoping one day I could be like on a football field.
And then there was Brian's speech . I was unaware until just a couple of days ago that he battled depression and suicide his rookie year. I worked with him when he had just reached his thirties, and he had already established himself as one of the premier safeties in the league.
The thing I took away most from Brian's speech is a reiteration of what I try to teach and hopefully exemplify in my life, being prepared and dealing with pain.
Not in a sadistic or tough guy way, but in a way that is a reality for all of us. We will have pain, we will suffer, and how we come out on the other side of that pain will tell the tale of who we are and how we inspire others.
At the end of his speech, he said, "But I believe that this next chapter was going to be something special with His guidance. And the only way that I could have that thought in my head is the fact that I think and I believe that there are going to be some painful things to come. It is. I know it is. But I’m prepared for the pain. I’m prepared to push through it. I'ma persevere through it with His help and His guidance. And with that purpose and with that pain, I’ll be able to bless so many more people with what God has put inside of me."
On top of the world, in his induction of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he recognized that his struggle has just begun.
It is human nature to search for comfort constantly. We don't want to go through hell and back. If it were up to us, we'd have smooth sailing all the way through life getting and keeping everything we need.
But that's not how life works. It's utterly important that you learn to embrace struggle and pain. It's also vital that you find something bigger than yourself to help you deal with that pain.
Dawkins encouraged those struggling right now, "So for those who are going through it right now, there is hope! You do have hope! There is something on the other side of this! Don’t get caught up where you are! Don’t stay where you are! Keep moving! Keep pushing through!
Have a great week!