SEPTEMBER 2019 Newsletter

Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now.

I (Brooke) want to thank you for the inspiration you are to our lives.

The other day I saw a commercial that had an impact on me. Believe it or not, it was a Gatorade commercial. JJ Watts (some of you may know who he is, but I had to Google him to find out he is a football player, defensive end) said if there was one piece of advice I would give an athlete it would be; “find somebody that is committed to taking you down”.

When I heard him say that my jaw dropped. I remember being appalled at the statement. Where was the inspiration, compassion and appreciation? (All the things that I feel are transformational.) I made a snap judgement about him and called him something in my mind that I can’t repeat here. The irony did not escape me that my opinion of him, which was formed in a only few seconds, did not include inspiration, compassion or appreciation. He followed his opening statement by saying that the rival that is committed to taking you down is going to make you raise your game even higher. He said, “make your rival your fuel”. Then the words “win from within” flashed across the screen.

If I had been a cartoon character my astonishment would have been accompanied with eyeballs popping out. As it was, I found myself extremely surprised. Boy, did he take his first sentence to a place I had not even imagined.

When I thought about how all of this applies to my personal life, I realized I don’t really have ‘people’ that I think of as rivals, but I have experienced situations that brought me to my knees. However, in the facing of these challenges, I found a strength from within that I didn’t know had been there before. Here is a link to this commercial, if you want to see it for yourself 🙁