18 Dec 2020

It’s Not Forever

Several years ago, I walked 60 miles over 3 days with a few family members to raise money for breast cancer research.  It was one of the toughest and most rewarding experiences of my life.  

As you can imagine there were lots of blisters and sore muscles to work through along the way, and everyone was pushing through their own pain to take the next step and get through the next mile.

But instead of just sucking it up and trudging along, we sang, told stories and laughed; sometimes so hard our sides hurt.  When we were sore, we stretched.  When we had a blister, we covered it up.  And we kept walking.

We knew there was a finish line and the pain wouldn’t go on forever.  We knew that in a few days we’d be sleeping in our own beds again instead of a sleeping bag and using our own bathrooms instead of port-o-pottys.

We knew the discomfort was temporary, we made an adventure out of it, and to this day it remains one of the best experiences of my life.

The awareness that the pain wasn’t going to last forever gave us the resilience to keep going and take care of the pain as we went along instead of suffering through it.

Back in March, when we were first told to stay at home, we read, binged Netflix, spent more time outside, and the memes kept us laughing.  We adjusted our routines and schedules, and focused on remaining positive.  

But now, many of us are growing weary these last few weeks of 2020.  We’ve done all the things we know to do to get us through tough times and the “finish line” is unknown.

Even though it feels like it’s going to go on forever, the truth is it won’t.

And when you remember that, it makes it easier to focus on what you need right now rather than spending tons of time and energy worrying about what is yet to come.

It won’t necessarily be the ending that defines us, but who we were along the way.  

So…… what do you need right now?

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