While I was sick, I used some guided meditations focusing on being healthy. One of them said words to the effect:
I allow myself to go through this illness, because I know that I will come through even stronger than before.
No one ever wants to be sick. Sometimes, though, we truly need that down time — and we come through the other side even stronger.
You have to allow yourself to go through it . . .
. . . but sometimes you have to hit pause first, or you’ll be down for the count even longer.
I’ll repeat it: no one ever wants to be sick. It’s why we say things like “I’m fighting off a cold“. Sometimes, though, we just can’t fight our way through it, no matter how hard we fight.
Our body is begging us for rest — and if we don’t give our body what it needs, it will find a way to force you to rest. You will have to rest a lot longer than if you had taken the time to rest in the first place.
Running injuries can be the same way. We’re training hard for something, or we’ve committed to meeting up with a group, or we’ve committed to a run streak; we know we need that break, but we ignore the messages our body is screaming at us.
If we just listened the first time, though, and stopped at the first sign of a problem, we wouldn’t be down as long.
Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.— M. Scott Peck
Once you’re sick or injured though, you have to heal. You have to allow yourself to heal. You will only set yourself back or injure yourself worse if you just try to ignore the fact that you’re sick or injured. You have to go through the problem, not around it.
Coming through stronger
Have you heard of the Japanese art of mending broken pots? It’s call Kintsugi.
Kintsugi uses lacquer resin mixed with powdered gold, silver, platinum, copper or bronze, resulting into something more beautiful than the original.
Instead of simply trying to glue a broken pot back together and trying to hide the fact that it’s broken, they take that broken pot and make something even more beautiful out of it. Something stronger.
I have a little Murano glass cat my brother brought from Italy for me many years ago. It’s seen several moves without incident, but recently a little piece of it was broken off. Mr. Judy glued it back for me, but it broke off again when it got tipped over (very gently).
I wonder what would happen if we tried Kintsugi on it? Rather than trying to pretend it’s still whole, instead letting the beauty in the imperfection shine through?
We are stronger because we’ve gone through hard things. The key is the going through it — not around it.— Chocolaterunsjudy
Next week I’ll be sharing how going through hard things in another area of my life made me stronger.
Do you always try to push through things?
Do you think pushing through helps or hinders you?
Do you think you’re stronger because you’ve been broken?