I came across these two figures of speech:(a) Embrace the grind and (b) Lower your shoulder in one of the Instagram posts of Dwayne Johnson(The Rock)
Since I am not a native English speaker I just need to know what do these two terms mean?
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embrace the grind: embrace the effort, the tough fight
lower your shoulder: lower your stance (as when you want to go/pass through someone, as someone in a defensive line, as in American football), prepare to attack
Building on Marius Hancu’s answer, Johnson seems to be using this meaning of embrace:
to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly:
For example: to embrace an idea. — Dictionary.com
to accept (something or someone) readily or gladly
to take up especially readily or gladly <embrace a cause> — MW
The MW definition goes on to compare embrace to adopt, which
implies accepting something created by another or foreign to one's nature <forced to adopt new policies>.
My interpretation is that embrace is being used (somewhat idiomatically) in a way similar to adopt (as defined above) and accept in the Kübler-Ross model, which categorizes people’s reaction to adversity on a scale from denial to acceptance. I interpret Johnson’s post as meaning: “Don’t deny or ignore your situation; don’t waste your energy on anger; don’t wallow in depression. Accept the fact that you’re in the situation, and deal with it.”
Grind is probably being used in these senses:
(noun) boring or difficult work
dreary, monotonous, or difficult labor, study, or routine
(verb) oppress, harass
to weaken or destroy gradually — usually used with down <poverty ground her spirit down>
Just for fun: I found a counterpoint in To Embrace vs. To Accept.