If You’re Hurting, You’re Still Healing

Yesterday I was still sore and stiff from Saturday’s race and I just could not get enough to eat. The increase in appetite and residual muscle discomfort served to prove that I am still recovering from it all. Then I realized, if you’re hurting, you’re still healing.

None of us enjoys pain or hurting but it can also be a good sign of things in life. It means that you are healing. Think of the bodybuilder who goes into the gym and pushes extraordinary amounts of weight… what is he or she trying to do? They are using the weight to break down muscle tissue, which will in turn make them sore and hurt. But after that soreness and discomfort from the workout has gone away, the muscles have rebuilt themselves to be stronger and even larger.

Pain precedes healing… healing precedes growth… and growth is what life is all about.

But it is not just physical pain that can require healing… there is pain of heart, pain of the soul, and emotional pain. Everyone knows the excruciating pain that comes after the breakup or demise of significant relationship and how long it can take to get over that. A broken heart can be the most painful thing ever and the time associated with that healing process can seem like an eternity… but I challenge you if you are feeling that kind of pain to acknowledge it, feel it, and to know that if you’re hurting, you’re still healing.

And remember, there are no shortcuts either. If you are supposed to cry ten tears and only cry five, the other five will have to come out at some time or the other in order for the healing process to be complete. This is why it is important to allow yourself to feel what you feel and to try to not blunt it or ignore the healing process because if you do you will only make things last longer than they need to.

There is no growth without discomfort. Healing and growth can be such a painful process but it is what is needed for us to change and to evolve. Regardless of which type of even in life causes injury or hurt, it is important to give time to allow the healing process to do it’s job. And as long as you feel “soreness” of any sort, just remember, if you’re still hurting, you’re still healing.

P.S. I promise this is the last article that I will write in which I reference or poach insights from this last weekend’s race!

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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