Appreciate This

“Change is the essence of life; be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.”

Reinhold Niebuhr

Appreciation might be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done to date. It’s easy to appreciate the good experiences in life, but more challenging to appreciate the difficult ones. In fact, we usually only appreciate the difficult experience after much time and space away from them.

But what about in the moment of difficulty?

Is it possible to appreciate the challenge in the midst of it?

I believe so, but it requires us to look at our experiences from alternative angles and think slowly about what’s underneath the hardships we face.

Not that we have to enjoy it to appreciate it. I don’t love the pain, injuries, and suffering I’ve personally been through, but I’m (reluctantly) grateful for the lessons and opportunities it’s given me.

Without injuring my neck, I don’t know if I would be adamant and interested in health as I am.

Feeling broken down highlights what wholeness feels like. It gives you an appreciation for how fragile life is, while at the same time how resilient it is too.

Pain highlights healing.
Weakness highlights strengths.
Ignorance highlights wisdom.

Yin and yang.
Peanut butter and jelly.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #760

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