You may think pain is a barricade to success, but it's usually a bridge.
I posted that comment above to my Twitter feed yesterday and got an indignant response from someone demanding if I was joking. Certainly not.
Not many of us really care for pain. But so often it serves a purpose for us. Often it is a wake-up call from the universe, letting us know we have a lesson to learn, or a better path to take. Sometimes, like in the gym, it’s a catalyst for growth. In cases like this, pain can be transmuted into pleasure. I would say most breakthroughs are preceded by pain of some kind.
Then there’s the heart-wrenching pain of lost potential, losing a loved one, or senseless acts of violence. But even these can provide opportunities for learning and growth.
So how do you respond to pain? Do you see it as a barricade, or use it as a bridge?
P.S. I arrived in Montevideo, Uruguay today. What an amazing place! The pic is what I’m seeing from my hotel room. It's the Rio de la Plata, which translates as the River of Silver. It's the name the Spanish gave it when they came here, because of the way it sparkled in the sun. As you can see, it looks like a sea, since you can't see the other side. It's the widest river in the world, and it divides Uruguay from Argentina.