If you hadn’t heard, I recently tripped over my sister’s dog and broke my foot. What was I going to do with myself now? How was I going to fill all the time I typically spend working out, biking, and swimming? How was I going to escape the boredom forced on me by this broken foot?
These thoughts and negative emotions were stuck in my head, affecting the way I was looking at my situation. I really couldn’t imagine the next few months without triathlon training in my life. A mild depression set in, and I felt powerless.
Have you ever been disappointed or frustrated by an injury or challenge that forced you to change your schedule and cancel a number of much-anticipated opportunities or events? Have you subsequently felt stuck as you struggled to look beyond the loss to get a glimpse that more, perhaps greater, opportunities might be waiting for you when life returns to normal?
We probably have all been there at one time or another. When we look at a situation from the inside, from a limited perspective, it can often be a narrow view that easily leads to feelings of disappointment and frustration.
This is a great time for finding your grateful heart. Taking the opportunity to be thankful for all that we have been given aside from our current circumstances, in this case my broken foot and temporary return to a wheel chair, will help bring our focus outward. When we are truly grateful it is impossible to be sad.
My friends, trials, adversity, injury, and challenge are all part of the journey through life. We can view them as a curse, become angry about them and refuse to do better afterwards, or we can choose to realize the difficulties are not meant to be some sort of punishment, but merely part of the human condition.
They are an invitation to change, an opportunity to create something even better than before, and a chance to ensure that the challenges of yesterday won’t keep us from the promises of tomorrow. As Wayne Dyer says, when we can change the way we look at things, the things we look at will change. For the best is yet to come!