Watching the World Cup may give you a notion that "devastating injuries" last only a few minutes as the athlete rolls around on the ground in what appears to be a career-ending situation. But we've come to know this in America, as the "flop."
But real injuries happen. Pain happens. Sorrow befalls. And these episodes arrive to shake and inconvenience our plans and lives.
Last week, I had a short conversation with an injured member of our gym. A painful hip injury sidelined her from all those things she loves to do. An avid runner and weightlifter, she explained that it's not so much the pain, but lack of being able to pick up a barbell or go for a run that hurts the most.
This is a common theme. Injuries can be more difficult on the heart than on the body. They can take something away from us that we truly love.
I encouraged her letting her know that what she's going through is just a place in time. This is not a perpetual state. No phase in life is permanent. It's just what it is for now.
With proper care, the body heals. With time, the body improves. Most of the time it takes longer than we wish or anticipate, but patience is vital. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Patience and fortitude conquer all things."
Maybe you're going through a difficult time. Perhaps it's an injury. Maybe it's a more severe loss. No matter the loss, this is where you are. There's no way around it. You must accept, grieve and continue to try and move forward.
If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk then crawl. And if you can't crawl, sit and be patient until you can make your next move. This goes for all things in life. All suffering and all pain have a window.
Remember and repeat the words of the great poet and playwright William Shakespear, "This, too, shall pass." Not as fast as for the World Cup athletes, but it will pass.