Why Problems are Special Opportunities

Four weeks into VRT (Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy) and I’m coming along– one step at a time.

My physical therapist and I agreed that I’m at 75%. Meaning another 25% and we both feel I’ll be able to start to run again.

In a weird, frustrating, and fascinating way devoting my summer to learning how to run again, building the coordination, focus, and stamina to run almost 3 miles, only to become stricken with migraines and vertigo in mid-August and lose the ability to run–again–has been a good thing.

If you’re like me, we’ve had our share of problems, failures, and rejections.

And if you’re like me, you know that the amazing thing about us is our ability to accept, endure, and overcome.

In VRT, through repetition and stimulation, I’m strengthening the important wires that send important messages from my brain to my eyes and to the rest of my body.  I’m learning again to scan, walk, balance, squat, and step over obstacles.

I’m also learning to not take for granted the little things I once took for granted. In short– I’m getting a slow dose of humility.

I will forever be limited in some areas. I’ll probably never be able to ski or ride a bull or walk a tight rope…but I’ll survive.

Problems are special opportunities.

They gift us a rare chance to broaden and deepen our perspectives and learn truths about who we are and help us discover the person we want to become.

Though your brain may be not be damaged like mine, I know you’re dealing with problems. Maybe a relationship. Maybe something work related. Maybe it’s your finances. Maybe you’re looking at your peers and feeling severely inadequate.

Whatever the problem is–the problem is not the problem. We are the problem. Our limited perspective, our negative attitude, our willingness to blame other people is the problem.

Because when we believe in the problem more than the goal we will always fail.

And so, we have no choice. When the problem knocks us down–we simply get up and begin again.

Always pushing forward.

One step at a time.

Be well,


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