"Happy people roll with the punches. They know from experience that everything changes. Today's good fortune may vanish tomorrow, today's crises may turn out to be tomorrow's good fortune." ~unknown
The phrase Roll with the Punches originally comes from the technique used in boxing. The objective is to avoid receiving a direct hit with solid contact. The technique is to move the punch in an attempt to avoid the blow or at least create a glancing blow. A glancing blow being preferable to a direct hit. Today is means to "Weather through tough times, try to minimize the trouble."
It can be hard to not get upset or flustered when things start to go wrong and times get rough. But when the rough and tumble comes, some people are much better at just getting on with it, plugging away and in short, rolling with the punches.
In boxing those who take the punches as well as possible, rather than avoiding them completely, can apparently actually do better in boxing than those who always do everything they can to avoid any punches, and so the phrase of rolling with the punches for anyone who takes what life throws at them, no pun intended.
I realized after a conversation with a new friend recently, that I indeed have learned to roll with the punches. Taking the punches many times, instead of trying to always avoid them, and becoming stronger and wiser as a result.
How about you? Can you think of times where you've 'rolled with the punches' and became stronger, wiser or a better person over all?
"You've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real" -Van Halen