The word that came to me for this new year was the word, POSTURE. 

Back in middle school, my teacher would always get on us if we were slouching in class and I never understood why. I mean in the long run bad posture will give you a hump back and other problems eventually, but believe it or not our posture says a lot about our character. You can tell who's still in it or who has checked out by how we carry ourselves.  Plus, having good posture shows confidence, it's attractive, and people are drawn to that.

When I ran hurdles, posture was key. If you didn't come correct when going over the hurdles then you would either clip them, which would slow you down tremendously, or you would crash and burn. I've seen that happen far too many times...

What's your posture like?

With that being said, I want to have the same posture with the good and the bad that comes in the upcoming year. I know easier said then done, right? When things are going great, it's easy to have your chest out and your head up, but as soon as things go wrong then it's straight to the beetle position and a gallon of ice cream. What if we approached the bad the same way we did with the good? Is that a crazy thought? I'm not saying I'm going to ignore the pain that comes with the bad, but I'm not going to let it keep me from moving forward. Like Andy Mineo said in his song 'Can't Stop Me', "Is that all you got?!" That's what we should be saying in the face of the enemy. There's going to be some difficult seasons, but you're still alive and breathing aren't you? Don't give the enemy the win. Let the enemies' trophie case be empty from the constant defeat.

Geek Alert: One of my favorite TV shows to this day is, Dragon Ball Z. In this show the two main characters are named, Goku and Vegeta. Vegeta is always trying to surpass Goku and every time he makes some sort of progress, Goku finds a way to take it to the next level. What I love though is that Vegeta never stopped training and eventually he reached the same level as Goku. Yes he got his butt whooped in probably every saga, but he didn't allow that to stop him from acheiving his goals. He continued to press on even when the future looked bleak. 

What's your posture like? 

About two years ago I was going through a difficult time and it seemed like everything was against me. I remember a friend of mine telling me that I needed to choose who I was going to be during these moments in my life because there will be more to come. I could either let the darkness creep in or choose to face it head on. During this time, I chose the wrong side and it cost me a great friendship. It took me awhile to give myself grace in that area, but I look back now and tell myself that I never want to end up like that again. Just to be clear, we are NOT going to get it right everytime, but we must continue moving no matter how bad it gets. 

Whenever I would fall during a race, it would throw me off for sure, but I would get back on my feet and be right back in it. You're going to have obstacles in your lane, that's a given, but you have a race finish! Stick it out because once you see the fruit that comes from it, it will all be worth it. Now are you just going to lay there or are you getting back up and keeping your head high. I'm going to allow myself time to feel the pain, but I won't dwell in it and neither should you. Instead see it all as FUEL TO THE FIRE! 

My favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quote always comes to mind:

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

What's your posture like?