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o, the last few nights have been interesting ones. On Wednesday evening, we did not have internet here at The Daily Journal. I was forced to bound from computer to computer (I hope you envision a young Batman leaping from buildings while chasing after bad guys from above) to sync the necessary  components to produce Thursday’s paper.  

Thursday afternoon, I had a family medical emergency that pulled me away from work. I wouldn’t trade being there but it would have helped to have not had 25 meetings (I am exaggerating but emails feel like they are large ongoing meetings).

I should have known better before I ran a few small errands. Murphy’s law was in full effect the past two days as anything that can go wrong, seemed to. But while some of us would crumble, I kept going (don’t know why sometimes but I did keep going). I have made it through the first few portions of this but I still am not out of the woods yet.

I think that this is sometimes where the rubber meets the road. When bad things are happening all around, how are you going to respond? Are you going to push yourself to finish the job or are you going to find an excuse. As much as I wanted to find an excuse Wednesday evening, I knew that it was my responsibility to push the paper out.

There have been several great people in history that have overcome enormous obstacles to become great. I think of both Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt. Although they were both born into wealthy families, Teddy overcame childhood asthma and became a president well known for his adventuring. FDR did not let polio slow him down on the way to becoming the president of the United States.

Another example is Oprah Winfrey. The former talk-show queen was sexually abused at a young age.  Despite all the trauma that abuse brings, Oprah became an honor student in high school, earned a full scholarship for college and has turned into one of the most powerful celebrities in the world.

There are so many other stories of people that overcame obstacles.  Charlize Theron and Joaquin Phoenix were two other famous people that overcame family deaths to go on to do great things.

I know that many of these examples may be extreme, but this is why we shouldn’t throw in the towel at the first sign of stress. It may feel like the stars are out of alignment and nothing will be right but the truth is that many obstacles are temporary. Some may have lasting effects, but as we have seen, it should not stop us from doing what we like or completing a task.

I didn’t really want to come off as a motivational speaker, but sometimes the hat fits. I hope that no matter what you are going through in life you can push past it. And if you are experiencing sunshine, enjoy the warmth. These days will help you get through the cloudy ones.  

Zach Stich is the managing editor of The Fergus Falls Daily Journal.

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