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Pain is one of those things I try to avoid because quite frankly, it’s painful. But when I decide to trek run from pain, I lose an opportunity to grow. Pain is an ancient signal for learning. Before the modern age, pain was the surest way to experience failure and learn from it. While most of us no longer have to endure physical pain to learn life’s lessons, we view emotional pain with the same hesitation.
To understand this point, think back to your childhood. Many of us learned the painful lesson not to stay away from the campfire or some other harmful situation by personally experiencing it. No matter how often our parents and others may have insisted we be careful, our curiosity overrode the warning and we got burned. We learned in that immediate moment what words failed to convince us of. We’re hard-wired to use pain for learning.
Pain in our lives is an accelerant to learning. While we all profess to prefer learning from other people’s mistakes, it’s our own experience where we learn faster. Pain not only quickens the pace of learning, it has a tendency to stick much longer. Every time we avoid pain then usually lengthens the time it takes to learn the valuable lessons embedded within. The lessons we fail to learn end up circling back around on us in increasingly painful ways until we finally get it. Pain is unavoidable – it’s part of the human condition.
The most profound lessons I’ve learned throughout my life have almost always come with pain. Whether it’s something as simple as the proper way to swing an ax, or in ways I’ve handled important relationships or business dealings, the most life-enhancing events in my life started as seeds of pain before they blossomed into something beautiful.
Next time you find yourself staring into the face of pain look for the lessons to be learned. Embrace pain as a companion knowing that what you are about to learn will serve to make you a better person.
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