I learned I tolerate pain pretty well. We'd thought this was a fluke that only applied to me during childbirth.
I learned to accept help. There were many willing to serve.
I learned gratitude for the things that work.
I learned patience. Given enough time and rest my body would heal.
I learned perseverance. Physical therapy is all about going the distance and enduring to the end.
I learned that trials are also opportunities to work on other areas and grow in different directions.
I learned empathy for those whose bodies work differently than mine.
I learned to be positive. You can't always change reality, but you always have control over your attitude.
I learned that sometimes the end isn't the end, just more time to progress. Though I do hope to remain unbroken this year.
Adversity can be painful, but it helps us grow.
To that end, here is a video a friend shared with me this morning. I hope you find it helpful in surviving with grace and alacrity your own adversity.
What have you learned from adversity?