In life there are these beautiful things called “blessings”.
- A special favor, mercy, or benefit
- A favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness
Sometimes though, the happiness of the blessing is a bit delayed because we think of it as a curse instead. These my friend are called blessings in disguise.
A few months ago I had a little mishap at the box. I came off a pull-up bar wrong and slammed my foot at just the right angle into the ground. Two broken toes later and a gimp walk made for an interesting two months to say the least.
Due to the break I could barely do anything.
Some workouts I didn’t do because I literally couldn’t do them (like running, box jumps, etc.) and others I stayed away from since I didn’t want to risk postponing the healing process. (I had even started to get really good at handstand walks and making tons of progress, then the break happened, and I was beyond bummed because I thought I’d lose all the progress I had made.)
So I was left with a handful of movements that I could do.
Rowing & Toes to Bar
Legitimately the two things (aside from snatches) that I liked the least. For the next two months those movements became my best friends. Funny how that happens.
Whenever there was a run thrown in a WOD, I rowed. Whenever there were lifts, wall balls, burpees, I did toes to bars.
Fast-forward 4 months later…
Yesterday the wod was a 1k row for time…. and I PR’d!!!!!
I rowed a 1k in 3:58 – say whaaaat?
That means I rowed two consecutive 500m sub 2 minutes each.
I was on cloud nine- never when I started 2 years ago did I think I would ever be able to do something like that, but I did it!
Not to say this didn’t hurt. Every fiber of my body was left writhing in discomfort. Arms, quads, glutes, calves, you name it, it was on fire. I pretty much just rolled off the rower and laid on the ground for a solid 3 minutes until I didn’t feel like I was going to pass out.
Perhaps this seems a little silly.
I mean, in the grand scheme of life a 1k row PR… what a small, inconsequential thing. But you see often times we are blessed with so many small little things and we miss them. We are constantly in search of the “big” things instead of realizing that the “big” blessings are created by tiny little struggles and triumphs along the way.
Is there something that has happened to you recently that feels like a misfortune?
Has something happened that has left you utterly bummed, run down, or confused?
If so, do this..
Try to remain positive about the situation. Work through the pain, find a way to work with it and use it to your advantage. Your gift of misery may be the biggest blessing yet, so don’t give up on it.