I tore my rotator cuff just when I was getting back in shape.
I had just lost over 40 pounds, reduced my body fat from 32% to 20%, reduced my total cholesterol from 203 to 170, and brought my A1C to an all-time low.
You can read about it here.
I was eating right and exercising on a regular basis.
I was in the best shape I had been in for almost 20 years.
Now that I was getting in shape, I wanted to build some muscle.
I wanted to look as good as I felt.
When I grabbed the weights I knew it was a mistake, the pain was excruciating.
Now all I could feel was the constant pain.
This wasn’t supposed to happen.
The Silver Lining
I can’t speak for everybody, but for me being in constant pain sucked.
Feeling useless because I couldn’t work, but I still had thousands of dollars of monthly expenses hanging over my head.
I felt screwed by my own body.
Pretty depressing, right?
Don’t worry, here comes the silver lining.
Despite all this, I have been brought back to what I was always meant to do.
In my case, it was working with other people to help them reach their goals.
Before my management career took off, I loved helping people discover their purpose, create goals, and overcome obstacles to create the life of their dreams.
While I have been recovering from shoulder surgery (which is apparently a long recovery) I have been able to work with my daughter and her friends to create plans and overcome the obstacles that were holding them back from the life of their dreams.
I have been able to share my thoughts with tens of thousands of people on Medium, and I have even been able to create a course that will teach people how to apply the principles of success in their lives.
What I thought was a major setback in my life, turned out to be an opportunity to write more frequently, connect with some amazing people, and reconnect with what I love doing most.
Everyone has to deal with disappointment in life.
You can’t change the unexpected events that life throws at you, but you can turn disappointments into opportunities for success.
No matter how hard you try, there will be times when life throws you a curveball.
Rather than letting disappointment get you down, look for the silver lining.
Where can you find a silver lining in your life?
Originally published on Medium