I heard the saying no pain, no gain in my martial arts class today. I have heard that saying over and over as I work out and be healthy.
Today it struck me in a different way. No pain, no gain, applies to ALL areas of life, not just the physical exercise we liken it with.
When we are having disagreements with our spouses, it applies to that as well.
When we are dealing with a 2 year old who decides that having a temper tantrum in the middle of the grocery story is an opportunity, it applies to that.
When we are dealing with our teenager, it applies to that.
When we are dealing with customers, it applies to that.
When we are dealing with bosses or employees, it applies to that.
I know what I first thought when I thought this. Well, what about my comfortable life, what about my peaceful existence where I control, why am I not able to just have that in my exercise routine. Again, no pain, no gain.
My relationship with my husband has taken up more than half my life. No pain, no gain was the motto of the first 20 years. I think we had more drama in our marriage as a result of the outside influences. Now, he is my best friend. I like this part now but we had to go through some incredibly painful times to get here.
So if you are going through some trying times with your spouse, your job, your friends, your life, remember that no pain, no gain philosophy.
You are being stretched to fit a new skin of the incredible you. You are being brought to a whole new level of understanding that you would not get to if you stayed comfortable.
Without the pain,you would not have the energy to accept the new level of understanding.
This all being said, the pain is not something you have to look for, it will find you. And you control how long the lesson is. If you choose a miserable long lesson,the pain will last a long time. I opt for the short version.