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Live to Fight Another Day: Personal Rallying Cries

Rallying one’s self can indeed help to unleash untapped potential at critical times

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The Left’s assault on American history, tradition, values, and culture continues unabated. Nearly everyday, we learn of new attempts to undermine our national sovereignty, election integrity, and law and order. As human beings we already are subject to highs and lows within the course of a day. Add the hostile, contemporary political landscape, and who among us can stay on an even keel?

Sometimes it’s hard to find a friend. It can be hard to know what to do next. If matters are going well, happiness ensues, and we’re not all that conscious of the time. If things are not going so well, time seems to slow down.

What Can I Handle

Throughout my adult life, when I feel immobilized, I’ve employ catchphrases that spur me on to action. One of these key phrases is, “Live to fight another day.” What do I mean by “live to fight another day”? Certainly, it has nothing to do with physical combat. It means that if nothing seems to be going well, and I’m in a quandary, I look for what I can handle in the present and can complete.

Suppose I’m feeling lonely or overwhelmed, or a have a lack of clarity. I say to myself, “Live to fight another day,” which translates into: I don’t have to necessarily deal with any of those obstacles at the moment, as long as I take care of items that need to be handled. This is an antidote to fretting about my current turmoil and to not taking care of other things.

When I complete tasks, around the house or around my office, whether or not I have attained clarity, I feel less overwhelmed and less encumbered by whatever has been weighing on me heavily: I have at least finished these other tasks.

Sunday Afternoon

Suppose it’s a Sunday afternoon, and nothing seems to be going well; I feel as if the world is passing me by, and experience a “dead space” in the middle of the day. I rally myself by thinking, “Live to fight another day.” I then look around the house for all the items that need to be tackled.

Are there dishes in the sink? Does the living room need cleaning? Does the front porch require sweeping? Is anything left undone in the backyard? Alternatively, I’ll handle accumulated email correspondence, visit websites that I’ve been intending to visit, or do reading that I’ve saved for the proverbial rainy day.

Following the rallying cry, “Live to fight another day,” as soon as I engage in one or more of the above activities, I feel better. Once such tasks are completed, maybe I’ll emerge from my mental rut. Maybe not. In either case, I’ve created a clearing for myself because the items I have completed do count for something.

Now, I could call a friend, see a movie, take a walk, open a book, watch a show, cook a dish, or do something that represents the next step. On other days and at other times, other opportunities will unfold. For now, I’m doing what I can, and that’s fine.

The Rallying Cries of Others

Two years ago, I began collecting the personal, uplifting catchphrases of others, employing a simple, hard copy, “survey” form, in person. I’d ask, “Do you have a catchphrase, motto, saying, or personal rallying cry? For example, when I feel immobilized, I rely on a phrase that spurs me on to action: ‘Live to fight another day.'”

The responses varied widely, some were captivating, some mundane, some religious, and some were cryptic. Here are examples of the personal rallying cries that I collected:

* You are always enough.
* Be consistent, be rational, be proactive, be creative,.
* Be a problem solver, not a problem.
* Oorah!

* Don’t be upset about failure, be excited for the comeback.
* And this too shall end.
* It’s not going to fix itself.
* Everything will be okay.

* Stuff happens.
* Each day is a gift, so live it to the fullest.
* If it was easy, everybody would do it.
* They are doing the best they can in the moment.

* I am grateful for who I am, what I am, what I know, and what I have.
* This is just the first round.
* Don’t be thrown off your game.
* On to the next.

* This is not in your notes. This is extra.
* The Mariela of another dimension said, ‘Yes’ to this without fear.
* Ah, the wonder of it all.
* What if this is okay?

Such responses made me realize that rallying one’s self can indeed help to unleash untapped potential at times when we might otherwise feel defeated or, perhaps worse, undertaking doing nothing of value.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



 
 
 

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More Breathing Space Tips for January

Time flies, but you can stay in control

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A week of the new year and of the new month has passed. What other Breathing Space tips will help give you a sense of control?

[ ] On each trip to the supermarket, shop for at least two food items that are new to you or your family.

[ ] Eat in-season fruits that are high in citrus and bioflavonoids, such as oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines. You need your Vitamin C in the winter! Also, take a multivitamin.

[ ] Tackle all household repair jobs before spring. Handle one project per week.

[ ] If the roads are clear, take one new route from work each week.

[ ] Enroll in a course at your local college, and take advantage of mid-afternoon or evening time slots. Most evening classes are smaller, allowing for more class discussion and individual attention.

[ ] Take advantage of all the post-holiday bargains. Buy in bulk and buy off-season items when the price is right.

[ ] Go ahead and schedule that spa treatment you’ve been wanting to take.

[ ] Give your body a treat, go to sleep early at least one night per week.

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Three Cheers for Christian America

Thank you for safeguarding the public and private expressions of others

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Considering all the nations in the world and the dominating religions within those nations, Christianity is the most beneficial. When Christians are in the majority, it is good for everyone who resides there.

Christians during the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, and up to the mid-20th century contributed to much of the world’s turmoil. In recent decades, however, they have been the most accommodating, accepting, and peaceful group. I’m glad I live in a Christian nation and, given the options globally, would not have it any other way.

Best of the Best

Particularly in America, Christians today are tolerant, acknowledging the rights of others. They recognize the right of Israel to exist. They fully embrace Israel’s strategic role in the Middle East.

Too many people on the left who regard themselves as the arbiters of what is right and true, in minor and major ways have been persecuting Christians for decades. They do not want public displays of Christianity anywhere in America. Their agenda is to remove all vestiges of religion in America. They contend that America would be a better, more egalitarian nation.

Just the opposite is true. Those who want to stamp out religion in America don’t understand that our origins and 250-year history is based on Judeo-Christian principles. The cancel culture left seek to reject the U.S. Constitution out-of-hand.

We have encountered leftist groups who shatter statues and historic symbols they deem to be oppressive and part of an old regime that was illegitimate from the outset. Many of these perpetrators hide behind ski masks while regarding themselves as heroes. In reality, they are fascists, seeking to control us.

Leftist enforcers have no idea how intolerant they are and that they are no better than those they seek to diminish. In the U.S., people of all faiths are free to celebrate their faith. If one particular faith, Christianity, was predominant from inception, to today, that does not preclude other religious groups from celebrating.

Congress: Hands Off

Leftists make erroneous statements about the “separation of church and state.” The phrase simply is not contained in the Constitution or any founding document. It appeared in a letter that President Thomas Jefferson sent to a Baptist congregation in Danbury, Connecticut. His note to them was designed to reaffirm that the government would not make dictates related to the church.

The First Amendment to the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” So, when it comes to religion, Congress must keep its hand off.

As a nonreligious person, I have nothing against seeing a religious display on public or private property. Indeed, America shorn of religious symbology would be a dismal place. The Ten Commandments on a public plaque? Fine. Christmas trees in the town square? Flip on the lights! A mosque being built in America? Why not?

As long as everyone is tolerant of other religions, such developments represent no threat to anyone. It is those who operate in secret who represent a threat, as are those who wish to vanquish the rights of others to publicly exhibit symbology.

The Option to Sing Along

When I attended grammar school, I was exposed to the annual Christmas pageant. I had the choice to skip the assembly. In each case, however, I chose to enjoy the merriment of the festivities, but not sing along. My young classmates did not require me to capitulate. Nor did I expect them to modify their festival to accommodate me. Would any aware American who moved to another country expect that country to diminish their celebrations to accommodate the newbie?

I’ve had the opportunity to visit 46 of the 50 states, and 73 countries. I have walked through hallowed halls of shrines, mosques, churches, and ashrams. While Christians are being persecuted in many countries around the world, I don’t know of a single instance today where people feel unsafe in a Christian majority country.

So, I say to you, if you are a Christian, in America, please know that large numbers of us support your right to practice your religion.

For All You Do

Thank you for safeguarding the public and private expressions of others. Thank you for helping to establish a climate where non-Christians and others can feel welcome. Thank you for becoming a peaceful, tolerant religion that rightfully serves as a model for others around the globe.

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