The tough get going.”
My mom said this a lot while I was growing up. She went to be with the Lord at 48, and though she’s no longer a phone call away, a lot of her words live on. This particular phrase she often repeated in my childhood has been echoing through my head all day.
Recently, I moved to Montana. In Nebraska, my husband and I moved into a house that required a lot of work. The same is true for my new place. I haven’t been able to get a lot done due to the repairs we’re doing. Today is the first day in a couple of days I’ve been able to sit at the computer. As you’d expect, stress makes it harder to write. So I’m cleaning up emails the best I can.
But anyway, back to the whole thing about “The tough get going”. I think there are two ways we can respond to any situation. Sure, there’s the period of shock. Stress, I notice comes more into play by a lack of planning. I feel much better and relaxed after I’ve been able to plan out and enact a proper strategy to deal with the problem at hand. In this case, it’s getting someone qualified to take care of the septic system. The most stressful part is finding that someone, which is surprising since I happen to live in an area that has 60,000 people. You’d be amazed at how backed up companies are when you really need them. Or maybe not. Chances are, you’ve been through something similar or know someone who has and were told, “The soonest we can do anything to address the real problem is in about 1-2 weeks.”
So I guess it’s normal you go through this phase of disbelief. Seriously, if you had known the problem would come up, you would have called well in advance to reserve your slot on the waiting list. But alas, like a lot of things in life, this comes without warning and in the middle of a long list of other things that need to be done.
Life is seldom ever boring.
But I guess what we can do is either stay in that place of limbo (aka. inactivity) or do something about it. Yes, I know with a septic situation, you pretty much have to do something to resolve the issue. If you don’t, you need an outhouse, and I can’t think of anyone who wants one of those in their backyards. Nor do I want to go without my washer and dishwasher. I might write about the old west, but I wouldn’t want to live there.
So after making the plan, I suppose the next step is whether to complain about it or to choose to look at the positives. I did catch this while it is warm enough to dig into the ground. That’s definitely a plus. Nothing is flowing out of the toilet that shouldn’t. Another positive. The kids are in good health. (No one worries more over kids than their moms.) The list would go on.
When I was in the 8th grade, my teacher gave the class an analogy of how things work. (I went to private school, so this had a spiritual application, but I think it can work from any other perspective.) When you’re starting out, you’ll get a small obstacle. You manage to overcome it. In the process, you learn and grow from it. You become stronger because you stuck it out. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Then you are confronted with another obstacle. This one is harder and challenges you more the previous one. If you overcome that, then there’s another obstacle.
The cycle repeats over and over in the course of a person’s life. People can choose to let these things make them bitter or better. It’s up to everyone to decide what they’ll take away from everything that happens. Troubles will come. That is inevitable. And in the moment, it hurts and it’s okay to have that period where you’re serious bummed out. You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t cry, get angry, complain, or react in some way to the obstacle.
Once the obstacle has been passed, though, we can be stronger and better for it. I know everyone reading this has had their share of troubles. I guess I just felt it was a good post to write today. Probably because I needed this reminder the most at this time.
Out of curiosity, I searched the saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” and found it to mean when a situation gets hard, the strong will work harder to rise to the challenge. To do this, I find it helpful to do another saying. This one wasn’t from my mom but something I heard on the radio a while back. “Keep your eyes on the prize.” Sometimes focusing on the end result will help you be strong enough to deal with the challenge you’re facing or will face.
As a sidenote, I recently heard that when you dream about going to school again, this often means you’re about to be faced with the opportunity to learn something. So if you haven’t been to class all semester and are suddenly faced with an exam, maybe you’re about to come across one of these obstacles.
The obstacles are never fun. I don’t look forward to them than anyone else. I’m just trying to remind myself to see the silver lining around the dark cloud. I don’t know if this helps anyone else or not, but it was the only thing I could think of to write today. 🙂