• Kimberly Boone

There's Purpose in Pain

Today I set out to go for my 4 mile walk that I try to do as much as I can during the week. I was very determined today and felt this strong urge to walk. However, when I got out there I realized that my legs were still sore from my last walk. I hadn't even walked a half a mile before my legs began to burn. Each step grew harder and harder and before I knew it, I began to negotiate with myself and decided to compromise and only do 2 miles.

Yet, there was something in me that would not let me settle for less than I set out to do. I began to push myself. I started talking to myself saying, "You've got this Kim; keep going!" With each deep breath out of my mouth and each word of encouragement that I spoke to myself, my legs felt lighter and the steps seemed easier. Before I knew it, I had a fresh wind and I found myself walking faster and eager to make it to the finish line. When it was all set and done, I finished at 5.01 miles! I accomplished more than I even set out to do and I believed that I could do it!

I began to think about my motivation for wanting to finish and accomplish what I set out to do. I thought about the fact that I was walking with a purpose and that I was determined to not to allow the pain to stop me from reaching my goal. But isn't that just how things are on the road to purpose? There are always going to be peeks and valleys, ebbs and flows, and moments of pain and frustration, but it should all be used as fuel to take you to greater. There is purpose in our pain. If everything was easy we wouldn't even want it and more importantly we wouldn't appreciate it and work so hard to keep it! The next time you get frustrated and want to give up on your road to greater, remember that the pain is fuel. The rocket cannot take off without fuel! #MJConsistencyChallenge

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