Roll With It, Baby

What do you do when life is too much?  Hard times knocking on your door?  Don’t stop and lose your touch.  Get on through it.  Roll with it, baby. 

In difficulty, people will muscle up or give up.  Those are about the only options.  See, the world doesn’t stop turning when we are in trouble, and life doesn’t adjust to us.  You can roll over or get over, and emotions don’t have much to do with it.

Now, emotions are fine things, but they are notoriously unreliable.  As for abilities, piety and wit won’t cancel half a line as the moving finger writes and moves on.  When the world turns its back on you, keep doing that thing you do, and roll with it.

There’s a hard truth to face.  We simply cannot control all eventualities.  Most of us had ideas on how our lives would be until reality set in.  In The Pursuit of Happyness, Will Smith’s character said, “When I was young and I’d get an A on a history test… or whatever… I’d get this good feeling about all the things that I could be. And then I never became any of them.”  That line broke my heart.  I’ve experienced both sides of those feelings.

The Bible says a bit regarding what may be viewed as cruel chance though it be sifted through the hands of God.  While I can’t answer every theological objection, I have come to vaguely understand that nothing can occur without God’s allowance.  This gives me some comfort in difficulty though not more rest at night.

Sometimes, you just have to take it.  On Malta, Paul was bitten by a venomous snake.  Though it clave to his arm, he shook it off into the fire.  This event taught lessons to my soul.  Time and again, I’ve had to shake it off.  There was no time for tears, just time to carry on.

Happiness is something we create.  Kipling said we could build our lives with worn out tools.  Not everyone has the same advantages in life, and you may be one on the short end of the stick.  Often, I consider many who toil no harder than I in life and seem to meet with better returns.  However, the accompanying thought comes that I have been less diligent than many others who have receive meager remuneration.  I am humbled and bemused.

At some point, the blame game fails, and it really doesn’t matter whose fault it is.  All that is left is to take a good look around and be big boys and girls.  What can we do with the things in our grasps?  And we don’t know the full stories of the lives we admire and imagine.

While we can’t control all aspects of our lives, we have more control over our lives than anyone or anything else.  So it is that the primary responsibility of our days falls to us.  We will be happier if we are resourceful and tireless in efforts.  Disappointed we will be but not in ourselves.

Even serious things may not be fatal.  Langston Hughes said, “You may see me holler, and you may see me cry.”  He continued, “You ain’t gonna see me die.”  Many who have moved our societies and our world have faced long and fearsome odds.  Roll with it.

Don’t go down without a fight.  Here’s hoping that, when you hit bottom, you bounce. 


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