About a year ago, I was having a discussion with a friend and she said she had hit “bock-rottom”. It was a moment of mental dyslexia. I really liked the word but wasn’t sure what it should mean. This morning on my run it became obvious what bock-rottom was. Rock-bottom is the place lowest point that a person can hit. “Hitting bock-rottom” is the act of hitting your lowest point, bouncing up and hitting the lowest point again. It is so disorienting that it mixes up the letters.
Negative circumstances can be so discouraging that they thwart positive action. Even worse is the discouragement of getting up from poor circumstances only to be knocked down again. Look at that word again “discourage”. Break it apart “dis-courage”. The situation has taken away courage. The thing is that courage is not created by circumstance, courage is created by people, INSIDE. It is a choice to be courageous and one that can be made at any time. Even in the worst of circumstances, courage is possible but are you really at bock-rottom?
If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you’re not at bock-rottom. You’re most likely in the “pit of perception”. You’ve made the hole that you’re in seem deeper inside your head. Or you have a negative situation but you’re ignoring all of the positives that are working in your favor. If you’re reading this, you have advantages that you’re probably ignoring because you’re focused on how bad it is. You can read, you have internet access, you probably live in the US (but a shout out to my friends in India & Brazil), you have a mind that is searching for answers. These are all advantages that can be used as weapons in the battle with your poor circumstances. Complaining, whining and sulking are not going to help you. Depression is not a strategy! It’s an emotional state. Just like a hole, you can climb out of it.
So take a moment to see where you are, since most of us are not truly at bock-rottom. We’re in a bad spot that we need to get out of. The fight is yours to make. Is there any value in giving up? Don’t surrender to circumstances. Make your circumstances! Here’s the theatrical version!
Make today a better day!