I’m not the poster child of fitness. Ok, I‘m a few posters around the corner. 🙂 It’s been an on-again, off-again struggle to get healthy. The past couple months, I‘ve gone up to doing some form of purposeful exercise at least once a week. Typically, the scenario goes like this: a couple of great days where I’m fired up and pushing myself, then either the pain comes or the schedule gets full, and I get discouraged.
So this week has started off well. I got in some activity both yesterday and today. As I’m typing this, my arm muscles are still shaking from what I did a few hours ago. This is a great feeling; a sense of accomplishment. The knowledge that I pushed myself and am working towards a goal.
This got me thinking…why do I shy away from pain? Why is it easier to keep things status quo when I do so desire to change and be a better me?
The same is true in all areas of life. Growth happens through pain. The things that are worth the most in life take hard work and perseverance. Goals will not be reached if changes don’t happen. Relationships get closer and stronger when we go through struggles.
I’m thankful for this reminder that pain can mean growth and change. That pain can become a positive in life. That a life without pain is often a life not well-lived.