Thursday, April 13

Monday’s blog post featured Traver Boehm and his TED Talk How to Make Pain Your Guru. And the idea that suffering is an important and valuable experience in our lives keeps coming up in my life.

I recently read Man’s Search for Meaning and I’m now reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F@&$ and both of these books discuss the value of suffering in life and what it can teach us.

Like Traver Boehm said in his TED Talk, we need to let pain and suffering open us wide open and guide us into better things.

As I read and listen to people talk about how suffering a great tragedy has changed their lives and taught them to find real meaning in their lives I am less and less scared of these things happening to me.

It also makes me realize why I’m not a big fan of motivational quotes, pictures, videos etc… These things make us feel good and inspired for about 30 seconds then we go right back to our normal way of doing things.

What really makes us change?

Think back to a time in your life when you made a significant change or life decision. What lead to that decision? Were you happy or sad leading up to it? Why did you need to change the direction of your life?

I’m guessing no one saw a motivational picture on their Facebook feed and decided to make a drastic, real change in his or her life. It just doesn’t work that way. You need to go through something, need to feel something, and then you can come out better on the other side.

I don’t know why this theme of the importance of suffering keeps showing up in my life, but I am trying not to ignore the signals. I’m really trying to examine my life and figure out if I am headed in the right direction and doing the right things.

One thing I have learned is that suffering makes you more empathetic. You realize that everyone is going through something and you care more about others. And that is always a good thing.

Workout for Thursday, April 13
5X3 Heavy Object Squats
2 second Pause at Top AND Bottom

EMOM for 18 min
Min 1: 5 Cal Bike + 5 Burpees
Min 2: 12 T2B + 50 Double Unders (25 Hurdle Hops)
Min 3: 30 sec Plank Hold