When we see the word struggle, we attribute it with something negative, like no good can come from it. However, is this the right attitude to have? Did Jackie Robinson turn away from his struggle when he broke the color barrier in baseball? No, he went through endless racism and the pain and suffering that came with that to bring justice to the game of baseball. Did Michael Jordan just quit basketball for forever after his father died? No, he came out of retirement and scored 26.9 ppg at the age of 31 after missing an entire year. Did David Cone after he needed surgery to remove an aneurysm say I quit this is just too much for me to come back and pitch? No, and he might have had some doubts about coming back too quickly.
Furthermore, Cone came back from his aneurysm surgery to pitch five no-hit innings. Then, later as a Yankee at the age of 36, he threw the first perfect game of his career. It was an accomplishment he did not think he would achieve at this age.
The point that I’m trying to make is when we pull back this massive facade, that struggle is never a good thing; we finally see that we would have never experienced the greatness we have achieved or can achieve today without that struggle we experienced. In other words, pain exists to teach us how to cope with the real world. It’s as simple as that. God uses people throughout history to give us stories about Kings and queens and how they dealt with pain so we can be prepared to teach our children how to rise above it and thus instill in us a future scholar and teach us how to conquer it!
Mr. Lewis put it perfectly when he said, “I did not find the front-line trenches or the C.C.S. [Casualty Clearing Station] more full than any other place of hatred, selfishness, rebellion, and dishonesty. I have seen great beauty of spirit in some who were greater sufferers. For the most part, I have seen men grow better, not worse with advancing years, and I have seen the last illness produce treasures of fortitude and meekness from most unpromising subjects.”
I am not saying that this is an easy concept to grasp, but when we learn how to light a candle during any darkness we experience, we learn how to shine our light on any dark time and show the rest of the world that they are not alone. I hope you have enjoyed my blog posts, and I hope you are doing well today. Please be kind to yourself, take time alone just to bask in the sun and get some vitamin d, maybe read a book or listen to something. Try to stay busy, and never give up my friends!