Last Monday I fell four feet down onto asphalt. Rather than retell that story you can read about it in my previous post.
There are a lot of things you can learn from pain. Some obvious lessons include:
“I won’t do that again.”
“Next time I’ll do it differently.”
“I better make sure my life insurance is up to date.”
You can probably add more to that list.
Here’s the top three things that sprung into my mind after the aches and pains subsided enough for me to think clearly.
The first lesson is that bad days are the exception, not the rule.
Mondays get a bad rap. People figure accidents happen on Monday because they have a negative view of how their lives play out. When you look at life through a dark lens, you can’t see the sunshine unless it’s blazing. You find yourself checking the weather to confirm that 10% chance of rain that will surely get you wet.
Okay, I’ll admit it – there isn’t any such thing as a perfect day. But enough years have passed while I’ve been alive to know that most days are good enough. You might have a wreck or break down on the way to work, but you probably won’t. There might be rain in the forecast, and you might get wet, but chances are you good you won’t. You might worry that you put your shirt on inside out, but you most likely didn’t.
The second lesson is pain is part of life.
When you’re young, you feel invincible. Your body doesn’t hurt unless you play sports and suffer the blows of competition. And there is pain that comes from relationships. Others will betray you, forget their appointments with you, or just show friendship when it’s convenient for them.
Work can be physically, emotionally, and psychologically demanding. Since its the only road to accomplishment, work is inherently a good thing. Compare it to when you first start exercising. That can be painful. But if you never do it, you can’t enjoy the benefits it can bring.
And last, but not least, the third lesson. Think about this – how much of what you worry about actually happens?
Okay. Go relax and have a smoothie.
You have a good week.