I had ear surgery last month. It was to remove a bone-eating cyst that was chomping on my hearing bones, but I almost cancelled it when the surgeon told me I had to take six weeks off running. I was like, “SIX weeks? I’ll die!!!!!” I knew it was for my own good. I sort of do like hearing other people when they talk, instead of constantly saying “Huh? Speak up!” Unfortunately, this didn’t make taking the time off any easier.
As I near the end of this six-week torture, I am already planning my come back! I will ease back into the miles, instead of piling them up the first week. Coming back from any kind of injury as a runner is always difficult because we want to do more than we probably should. But I know, if I do it smart, I will be even better at what I love doing.
Imagine if we could do the same thing in our “normal” lives, to wisely come back from our momentary setbacks, instead of letting setbacks limit our future growth. What if, instead of letting defeats, failures and setbacks define us, we began to define our setbacks as a new beginning, a comeback to a greater life?
Paul said “….be made new in the attitude of your minds; and put on the new self, created to be like god in true righteousness and holiness.” Our minds are fertile territory and we are in control. Begin to take control of what you will allow your mind to dwell on. Be smart.
Living an ultra life means coming back from setbacks, better than ever.