Even when things go slow, hold on and don’t let go

Basic gist of the article: Never give up, Never Surrender

Sisyphus – the king compelled to push a boulder for eternity only to see it fall before he could ever get it to the top of the hill. Camus speculated that the struggle alone would be enough to fill Sisyphus’s heart – that Sisyphus would be happy. That’s true, but only if the struggle is a worthy. If the hill is steep and the boulder large, then simply the difficulty of the journey gives the task meaning.

But if you flatten out the hill a little, then a little more, then a little more and the boulder becomes smaller and smaller and smaller; what once was satisfaction withheld turns into frustration.

Mick Foley knows the importance of the struggle. Also pictured: Pants Suit Justice

Lowering expectations to just winning a playoff series or just making the playoffs is being realistic. It also robs meaning of the struggle. The joy of reaching those goals is only temporary and it will never fill your heart.

The Bucks might never win a championship, especially when every other team is using pulleys to get their boulder to the top. But there’s meaning in struggling to be the best. There’s no meaning in the constant struggle to just be good enough.

Ian Segovia likes Galaxy Quest, Happy Gilmore, wrestling, rap songs about the struggle and figuring out how to shoehorn those things into conversation. Follow @Ian_Segovia on twitter.

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  1. Wow, thanks for brightening up my day!  Now my meaningless dead-end job in a quest for middle management doesn’t seem quite so horrible.

  2. I know I have said this before, but it makes sense here.. remember that ESPN commercial from a few years back “what’s the best thing about being a sports fan? There’s always next year” I love that

  3. PattiRafalskiDavison

    NBA players that struggle to just be “good enough” can warm the bench for a while, but are soon replaced by the ones that find meaning in struggling to be the best.
    There are teams that have pulleys but there is something magical about watching a team push that bolder up the hill, even if they don’t quite reach the top.  Only one team will win the trophy, but that doesn’t make the rest of the players in the league losers.   They love to play the game and be the best that they can be.  I like to share in their growth and success.

  4. Trust me, there are lots of things you can do with that boulder. You just gotta get a little creative and you’ll be havin a good time in no time.