I was cycling through talk radio stations when I heard Kobe Bryant say the following: (This is not a theme about Kobe Bryant!)
“It’s not the first one, it’s not going to be the last one,” Bryant said. “The one thing I’ve come to understand over the years is that you’ll have a bad story that comes out on a Monday and it seems like it’s the end of the world. It seems like everybody is taking shots at you.
“But time goes by, and then you look back and it’s just a Monday. Right? Then have another great story that comes out maybe a month later or something like that and it’s a fantastic story. And then there’s a bad story that comes out a month after that.
“It’s a cycle. And things are never as good or as bad as they seem at the moment in time. So you stay focused on the big picture. Things are never really as bleak as they seem at the time. I just kind of roll with it.”
I asked my son what Bryant was referring to because I wanted to use this quote out of context. After Adam chastised me for wanting to quote Bryant on anything, I decided to carry on. Because, out of context, isn't this really a life quote?
Some days do seem so horrible we wonder how we will continue on and then, before we know it, we have mustered through and the bad day is now a mere memory. People say bad things about everyone. It's hurtful and sad but people also say really nice things about each other, which help us forget or at least tune out the bad comments.
I like the part where he says time goes by and it's just another Monday. It's true, right? Someone can hurt your feelings on any day of the week; what are you going to do with your reaction? How will you choose to react? What will you do with your emotions?
"It only hurts when I breathe. It only hurts when I try. It only hurts when I think. It only hurts when I cry. It only hurts when I work. It only hurts when I play. It only hurts when I move. It only hurts when I say it's just another day."
Everything can feel like it hurts: your spirit, your mind, your body. But giving in to the premise that it is just another day is hurtful to yourself.
A quote offering perspective: "On particularly rough days when I'm sure I can't possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100% and that is pretty good."