It feels like human nature to avoid painful situations. But when they are upon us, we learn a great deal about who we are.
Whether it's not getting the job that you believed, with all your heart, was your place in the world; spraining an ankle when you need to be mobile the most; or relocating your entire family when you really love where you are -- all are difficult, frustrating, even heart-wrenching experiences. But each forces us into a mental state in which we are challenged to create a new path for ourselves. As a result, we must reprioritize, make choices about what's valuable to our existence and what is not, and rekindle our zest for life.
Pain sucks. But there is tremendous learning within it if we can pause to reflect.