I absolutely love the following passage taken from Michael Michalko’s Creative Thinkering:
There is so much to say about each and every struggle we go through. Sure, if we had to choose,I’m sure we wouldn’t choose to go through the difficult time. But, in most cases, we don’t have a choice.
I thought it was so interesting how if the little pupa didn’t go through the struggle, then he’d never be able to fly! This story relates to chronic illness in several ways.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt like nothing could ever get better!
Raise your hand if you ever prayed/wished/begged/cried that you wish it would all go away!
It’s easy to dwell on the things we can’t do or don’t have, but when we shift our attention to the things we DO have or CAN do we can change our perception of reality. I know I used to take many things for granted. It’s human nature! We get in a pattern, we take things for granted and we fall into a rut… Whenever you start to feel overwhelmed or depressed take out a sheet of paper, or your journal, and start writing down the things you’re grateful for. They could be as small or as big as you want!
Here’s a short example:
– my ability to get out of bed this morning
– for my digestive system working properly and allowing me to eat
– the love and support of my family
– my amazing, supportive chronic life family
– no or low pain days
– my comfy bed
– a roof over my head
– my awesome doctors and healthcare team
I truly believe everything happens for a reason and that everything we go through is supposed to teach us something. Whenever we’re going through a difficult time, the last thing we usually want to do is find the lesson in the mess… BUT I can guarantee it’s there. It may take days, months or even years to realize, but there’s always a lesson. Whenever I’m faced with a mess, I like to stop and analyze the situation. What am I supposed to take away from this? Is there something I should learn from all of this?
There is always a silver lining. Always. You may not realize it in that moment, but in time you will. By having faith in what is occurring and having faith in what’s to come, you can start to learn the lesson(s).
If the pupa didn’t contort itself to get out of the cocoon, the little moth would never fly!
Have you ever noticed that the strongest people seem to be the ones who have gone through hell and back? There’s a reason that we think that way! Each and every one of us has so much strength packed inside of us, but most don’t unleash it unless they absolutely need to. Guess what! You have that strength inside of you too!!! You do! You do! You really, really do! Whenever you may think the coast will never clear, the clouds part and the sun shines radiantly through. Each and every encounter in your life is helping you develop your inner strength. Don’t be afraid to call upon it and use it!
So remember, even though we’d love to take the easy way out of difficult situations, that may not always be the best thing for us! Next time you’re going through a hard time, remember this little story about the Emperor Moth!
Wishing You A Pain Free Day!
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