"I'm back."

That was it. That's how Michael Jordan announced his return to basketball after his first retirement.

The announcement wasn’t made on a special day. It was made on a day just like any other.

No explanations. No further stories.

He was just back. 

That was all there was to it. 

And, yes. I'm back. 

No explanations. No inspiring stories. No excuses.

Nothing.

I'm just back and I'm happy to be back.

Thank you for waiting for me.

Whenever you fall down, the hardest thing to do is to stand up.

Before we stand up, we look for reasons why we stumbled in the first place. We also look for reasons to get back up.

But, most of the time, we just want to stand up. No reason. No explanation. There’s just something inside of us that knows we can.

I wanted to blog weeks ago. But, I struggled with finding the right words to say. I couldn't make an inspiring story out of my latest stumble. I wanted to share the lessons I had been learning as they were. But, I was afraid that if I did, they wouldn't come out as interesting or inspiring. I wanted to stand up so badly. I wanted to be back.

The lessons I learned during the struggle were indeed valuable. But, trying to make them as inspiring as they really were held me back from making a comeback. Worse, trying to make sense of everything that happened to me held me back even more. 

And many people do the same. They try to rationalize everything before they get started again. They also try to make wonderful sense out of everything when all they have to do is move forward. 

Sometimes, we just have to do it like Mike and say, "I'm back." Then, go to the gym, prepare for the actual games, and focus on the tasks at hand.

Of course, being back is not a guarantee that everything will work out well this time around. Michael Jordan’s comeback fell short by losing the the Orlando Magic in the playoffs. 

But, he trained even harder and he and the Chicago Bulls made history the following season by going 72-10 and winning the NBA Championship.

Is there something in your life you have nearly given up on? Maybe it’s a dream or something important to you. Sometimes, all you have to do is to stand up without trying to understand why. Just do. Then, prepare to make history.

 

P.S. Over the next few days (or weeks), I’ll be sharing with you what happened during the past three weeks together with the lessons I learned. Thank you for waiting for me.

P.P.S. An apology is in order. I’m sorry to my readers, especially paid subscribers, to whom I promised to write 366 emails this year. Still, thank you for being there. I’ll make it up to you.