Nobody likes pain! Sometimes it just comes with the territory!
So why in the world would anyone in their right mind bring more of it into their life? Yet, isn’t that w hat we risk every time we allow ourselves to care deeply about someone or something? If you’re going to jump into life feet first, live it with gusto, and be willing to grow and change, then you’ve also got to be willing to take some risks … and to open yourself to the whole game: pain and triumph, loss and gain. Of course, some discomfort is unavoidable … that’s where the power of your mind comes in.
Maintaining a positive mindset will carry you
through your personal storm,
like a sturdy boat on the ocean.
But Is It True? … No Pain, No Gain?
I’m not really sure I agree with that classic, and perhaps outdated, gym philosophy. I think it’s possible to grow and change and experience enormous gains in life without pain. However, it makes sense to be prepared and to have a strategy for dealing with uncomfortable … and yes, even painful … experiences when they do arise. Because, this is LIFE and there will always be a mixed bag of blessings, including lots of bliss, joy, laughter and even pain.
The beauty of pain is that it can be a great teacher. If you want to avoid it however, pay close attention and you just might be able to learn as much from other people’s difficulties as from your own. Some of the lessons might even surprise you. But of course, you already know that. Right?
Here’s a short story about one of my favorite people, my Uncle J.W.. He was a tall, good-looking, athletic and very successful man by the time I knew him. But as a kid, he spent some extended time in bed one summer, driven there by terrible pain in his legs. The cause? Growing pains! His intense physical activity during the day brought on extreme pain in his leg muscles. It hurt to walk! He was having a major growth spurt and by the end of that year he had grown 6 inches!
The experience turned out to be a temporary symptom and minor glitch in the life of a normal, growing child. Though it was terribly uncomfortable at the time, the simple remedies of loving care, rest and patience were all that was required to help him, quite literally, get back on his feet.
I’ve thought of that many times as I’ve contemplated the occasional agonies of growth – physical, emotional and spiritual. Sometimes, we just get out of step with our own growth cycles, despite our best efforts and all we can do is get some rest as we rejuvenate and prepare for the next big surge ahead.
It’s NOT the time to give up on dreams or goals!
Patience with your own process will carry you through!
Growing a child, a garden or a career are all excellent and long-term projects – with many phases along the way. Sometimes it seems like time almost stands still and not much happens … and then all of a sudden a child outgrows 2 pairs of shoes in one summer, the garden bursts into blossom as the days heat up, and the career that has suffered early setbacks takes off like a racehorse!
Cycles Of Life
Yesterday’s difficult transition becomes the story that helps you make it up the mountain tomorrow. Today’s triumph soothes and mends you after your next disappointment. Life is a cycle. The worthy challenge is to keep moving forward! Building on past experience yields endless rewards.
Aligning your efforts within a community, or tribe, allows you the opportunity to magnify your efforts, your joys and your troubles – transforming them all into future victories.
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Love, Light & Blessings,