What does a picture of me and a cousin possibly have to do with valuing pain?
A snow storm.
As I was driving into New Life this morning, I had one of the fundamental laws of physics rolling through my head:
Objects in motion tend to stay in motion; objects at rest tend to stay at rest.
As I applied that same idea to my life, I recognized another very interesting “law” I’ve found to be true:
People who live intensely tend to enjoy life more; people who live blandly tend to enjoy life less.
As cousin Philip Thomas and I lounged in the St. Lawrence yesterday (in-water for over 2.5 hours straight), he said yet another striking truth that correlates to all this:
People who live through the pain of cold winters enjoy hot summers even more.
“My two bothers live in Florida,” he said. “And whenever I visit we’re always talking about how much we miss the extremes of New York and how much we wish we were back north, even the winters.”
There truly is something to be said for valuing what you get less of. All my friends who’ve lived in Phoenix, AZ have noted that you eventually get sick of the sun, as crazy as that sounds to me.
Even today, an incredible woman, Patty Jennings – a regional director for Operation Christmas Child – was saying how children she’d given shoe boxes to in parts of Africa didn’t know what to do with a pack of crayons. Because they’d never had any.
Talk about being grateful.
Intensity, extremes, and hardships serve many purposes; one of the greatest, however, is giving us a profound and almost hyper-sensitive appreciation for what we have.
I can tell you, I’ll be clinging to this photo of me and Phil when it’s February. I’ll even remember Brian Fetzner took it of us – can’t say that of all pictures.
Live big, live loud, live hard. The intensity with which you live life in the extremes will increase your appreciation of the present. ch: