Personal Growth Can Come Through Tragedy
This morning I’m sitting in the physical therapy clinic with a heat pack on my shoulder, writing once again from my iPhone. I’ve been coming here for about a year now. Since the original incident last January, I’ve gone through a lot of physical changes but what I notice the most is the change that happens inside a person as when they go through trials.
I have a lot of opportunity to visit with the other patients here – many of whom have had much worse injuries than mine. Most will never be the same as they were before. It’s interesting how differently people deal with such challenges. Some are very depressed but several I’ve met are quite optimistic and talk about what they’ve learned in the course of their recovery.
The second kind of people are the ones who are growing inside through their trials. They express learning to have more patience, humility, persevering and a strengthened faith. Honestly, I’ve felt & both ways, first getting down over my injured condition and later finding inspiration through this situation.
Why is it that we seem to learn and grow the most through adversity?
One man I know was injured much worse than I was. Recently getting out of his body cast and still walking with a cane, he has learned to joke about his condition. What really moved me was something else he shared as we talked. He was angry after he first got hurt. He wondered why this had happened to him and described his feelings were like it was an injustice in some way.
After a few months, he turned his focus to his faith & began to see life lessons that he felt he should be learning through his situation. Lessons like humility, acceptance and forgiveness. Since that realization, he’s started to heal faster and has been much happier.
Ever notice how personal growth seems to somehow be tied to challenges & trials?
This man’s story inspired me & I’ve thought about it a lot since we first talked in the clinic that day. After I was injured over a year ago, I dealt with a lot of frustrations & anger and at times took them out on other people. I’ve struggled in my own faith and keeping a positive mindset has often been a challenge. Yet through this, I’ve also learned more about myself and others than ever before when it comes to patience & understanding.
It all makes me wonder if God does indeed have a sense of humor, as Albert Einstein had said. Or is it more a matter of the lessons having more value to us if there is some pain or grief involved?
Through my own situation, I’m trying to learn more patience, humility and strengthen my faith. What I’ve noticed is how people seem to come to realizations about themselves and experience more personal growth through tragedies & challenges than at any other time of their lives. It’s a paradox to me but most of us share the same feeling when we wish that personal development & realization could come in an easier way.
I don’t pretend to know the details about what power or science there is behind faith & humility when it comes to healing the body and mind. What I do know is, there are countless stories of people who’ve experienced something very similar. Positive energy facilitates healing and peace within. We shouldn’t wait for an accident of some kind to begin attracting this kind of positive & strengthening our own patience & faith. Today is a great time. We really can gain healing power & lessons through physical trials.
There are tons of books and even movies about this same theme – personal growth & development that comes through physical challenge. One of my recently read favorites is, “90 Minutes in Heaven“. It’s the true story of Don Piper, who is involved in a horrific car accident. His recovery leads him on a miraculous and inspiring journey of personal & spiritual growth as he overcomes the darkness that follows his own tragedy. It’s a very compelling book – one I’d recommend checking out through the link, below.