I have a good friend who is struggling with some very challenging issues in her life right now. At times, she feels overwhelmed and depressed. If you have never gone through times like these, most likely you will. In the Austin Powers movie, The Spy Who Shagged Me, Dr. Evil had Fat Bastard steal Austin Power’s mojo. The rest of the movie was about Austin’s effort to recover it.
In real life no one can take your mojo, self-esteem, dignity or whatever you want to call it, unless you let them. Each and every one of us already has the inner strength to handle any challenge or crisis that may confront us. This becomes very obvious when we look at people who have dealt with or are dealing with a major crisis in their lives: Helen Keller, John McCain, Lance Armstrong, Christopher and Dana Reeve, Kevin Everett of the Buffalo Bills, Bob Woodruff of ABC News, Elizabeth Edwards who recently lost her heroic battle with breast cancer, and more recently Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. While these people may be famous they are really no different than you or me. I am sure you know not so famous individuals who have demonstrated the same inner strength. Did these people get something at birth that we didn’t receive, of course not. These individuals may have approached their challenges in different ways but they all found the inner strength to deal with them. For final proof positive, I’ll turn to Rock And Roll which I believe holds the answers to all of life’s mysteries. The group America in their song Tin Man sings:
“Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man
That he didn’t, didn’t already have…”
Think about the verse above. If you have ever watched the Wizard of Oz, it makes perfect sense. The basic truths in the movie are why to this day it remains a classic for children and adults alike.
The question now becomes how do we marshal our inner strengths? I believe we must face life experiences head on, with a positive attitude looking at circumstances as a challenge to be dealt with rather than a problem to be solved. Realize some struggles will be long and that at times situations can become very discouraging, but that is normal. Colin Powell said “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.”
We should never allow others to define who we are. As with a bully teasing a child on the school playground, the child should never say, “What’s the matter with me but rather what’s the matter with that bully.” So remember no one can take your mojo unless you let them! Oh, if you’re reading this and you’re not Linda, don’t worry; she’s going to be fine.