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    When life knocks down your block tower

    When life knocks down your block tower

    I know that I don't need to tell you that there are disappointments in life. Lately I've been experiencing my fair share. Sometimes things don't work out the way we planned. It's designed to be that way.  It's part of the journey of life.

    I'd like to tell you a story.

    Once, when I was around 7 years old I attempted to build a giant tower out of wooden blocks. I sat in the middle of our living room floor placing one block on top of another until it was over my head. With each new block the more excited I became.

    But then it happened. It was like it was in slow motion. I saw him standing there in his diaper gearing up to take a flying kick to my tower.  He looked like he thought he was a superhero out of his favorite cartoon.

    Just like that, my tower was destroyed by my baby brother. I guess it was just too much for him to resist. He was very proud of himself. I can't say that I blame him, it was an impressive kick for a toddler.

    I wanted to cry, but I didn't. I was so disappointed. I specifically remember telling myself that I would never play with those blocks again.  I never did. 

    That's what I've been feeling lately...that everything I've tried to build; the structure of my life has taken one fast flying karate chop to the head.  It feels just like it did when I was 7.

    Things are different now. I'm older and I'm a better builder. I expect the things I build, my family, my work, my home to withstand the storm and fast flying kicks of life.

    This time I won't quit. I won't walk away and give up.

    When life unexpectedly knocks down my tower, I'm going to get back up and try again. 

    You should too.

    Don't let the disappointments in life keep you from living, taking chances and building a life you love. 

    When something isn't working it doesn't mean you should abandon your goals. It simply means that you need to adjust your strategy and take a different approach.

    Yes, it hurts. It's frustrating and sometimes infuriating but keep going.  Keep building your life. Don't give up on yourself.  Push back against the resistance.

    You have the power to create the life you want, even when something beyond your control swoops in out of nowhere and knocks you off your feet. 

    Control what's yours to control and give the rest to God. He can handle it.

    The most important thing is that you get up and try again. Your dream is worth it.


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