Pain is not easy to experience. Most of us try to avoid it. Better yet, if we can find a way to eliminate or get rid of it, all the better! Yet, pain in life is not always our enemy. It can be our friend.
For example, If I touch a hot burner, the pain I experience is my friend. It is there to protect me. It is also there to remind to me not to do that again! If we will allow them to be, some of our painful experiences can be great teachers! When we don’t learn from our life experiences, it is like we keep putting our hand on the hot burner of life. We keep getting burned. Sadly, we have to keep repeating the lesson until we learn it!
So, if there is pain in your life, it could be a friendly teacher knocking on your door questioning what needs to be changed? Most of us could stand to do a little inventory of our life. If we don’t like where we are, what can we change? In what areas, do we personally need to change or grow?
We all know what the definition of insanity is… “Doing the same thing over and over and yet expecting different results.” Yet, how often do we do exactly that? If you want different things in your life, you need to be willing to do different things to get better results.
Most importantly, it is so important to stop doing the things that are destructive and hurtful to your overall well-being. Quit touching that life hot burner. It may seem alluring or enticing, but chances are you will experience the pain all over again and even risk getting burned!
Here is a better thing to do. Let the pain in your life cause you to become a better person, a stronger person. Let the pain in your life drive you to become solution-minded, to look for help or answers. Let the pain cause you to be pro-active rather than reactive.
If you will allow your pain to be your teacher, what you may find is, that one day you may look back and say the pain in your life was like a strange friend to you. It was there to warn you, protect you, shake you and wake you up so you would change your life!