Getting hit by a punch you see comin' is tough enough. But when you can't get outta the way from that one, and it's followed by several more you didn't see -- that's when you reach deeper.
Breathe deep. Try to catch your breath while you get up from the mat. Five... six... seven... You're standing upright, but you're not all there. Now it's a test of will-power, cunning, and heart.
These are troubled times. Not unlike the times that came before today. Such is the nature of the human condition. It's the manner in which you press-on, if you can -- that is what seeds the future.
"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."
- Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963