“Personally, I’d have welcomed a dementor attack. A deadly struggle for my soul would have broken the monotony nicely.” – Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix (J.K. Rowling)
Have you ever felt like this? Cooped up and bored. There’s no epic struggle going on in your life. In fact, you’d prefer an epic struggle to the daily grind of your life. Your job is like an episode of the TV show “The Office”. You come home to an episode of “Married With Children” and while you’d love a James Bond week of action and adventure (that’s the new James Bond, not Pierce Brosnan), you’d settle for a change of pace just hanging out with some friends.
So, what are you going to do about it? It’s been going on like this for years, right? What’s going to change? Because frankly, you’re going to have something come along that reminds you of the war we’re fighting. Only, it’s going to be a Pearl Harbor-styled sneak attack that leaves you dead, wounded, or shell-shocked and wondering what happened (to your marriage, family, health, kids, career, etc.). It’s happening all around us. In the last month, I’ve witnessed friends and family dealing with all manner of attacks from the Enemy.
Yet, there are those people that seem to sail smoothly through life. Nothing ever seems to trip them up. They love their jobs. Their kids are well-behaved, talented, and smart. Husband and wife are still in love after four kids and twenty years of marriage. How do they do it? How do they make it seem so easy? There are probably a few the Enemy just hasn’t bothered with yet. For the rest, look a little closer. They have struggles. They get attacked. When they are under attack though, they don’t broadcast it to their entire network of family and friends (real and virtual). The go on the offensive. They take the fight to the Enemy. Engaged in the fight for years, they have honed their fighting skills to the point that it looks easy – almost like they enjoy the struggle.
What are you doing to engage in the fight? How do you hone your skills?