The 700 lb. Gorilla

“Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. YOU don’t quit when you’re tired. YOU quit when the gorilla is tired”.
– Robert Strauss

To be honest with you, the first time I read the above quote I was a little perplexed. After thinking about it for a while, I realized that it is a great motivational statement for all of us especially at this time of year. It is a quote about determination, perseverance, progress and ultimately success.

Either you will think that this is a really meaningless quote, or you will see how much depth that it actually has. I think that you will see the thoughtfulness behind it after you take a moment to think about it and view it not only from YOUR perspective, but from ALL other people’s perspective that you encounter on a daily basis.

To all of us struggling with our New Year’s resolutions, or those just simply trying to keep motivated during the winter months, the gorilla is a healthier lifestyle. The gorilla is trying to lose weight, get your numbers down such as cholesterol, blood pressure, and trying to come in day after day to workout. It is also that constant struggle to diligently refrain from eating that extra piece of cake, drinking that extra glass of wine, or eating that extra piece of bread.

Everyone struggles and wrestles with their own 700 lb. Gorilla. This struggle is not only related to health and fitness issues but also applies to all of our other daily life struggles. Every day we each have our own perspectives on the way life should be or how things should work out for us. In your daily journey through life, try to view things not only from YOUR perspective, but from the view of where other people are coming from. It takes mindfulness and focus to see through the eyes of our neighbor, and not just look through our own window and view of life. I guess what I am trying to say is that all of us have interferences, struggles and tug of wars in our daily lives…it is up to us to look out for each other and sometimes understand that some people’s baggage is heavier than others.

Sometimes when we encounter a person having a BAD day, we tend to judge them and turn our back on them, when in reality they are much like you and I. All they may need is some compassion and an understanding friend. So the next time someone is angry or perhaps just a little off…take pause and realize that it’s not always about YOU and me, but that someone else has larger obstacles in their lives and may be just having a particularly difficult day in wrestling their own 700 lb. Gorilla.