“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” -Walter Anderson

In a life of chronic pain, we battle on a daily basis for what others would call “simple” things, even getting out of bed in the morning because our pain is so intense.

Why?

Because it would be just as easy to give up on living and allow the pain to define every part of our lives. We would become little hermits who shriveled up in our beds, beckoning for death to free us from our miserable existence.

Yet, for many of us, we forget that this is a choice, not a decision made for us. We can choose to let pain win this war, or we can say, “No,” pushing against this daunting tide and overcoming this vicious illness.

This is where pain builds character.

As gold is refined by fire, so we are refined by the choices we make. Will we allow our illness to chain us down, or will we brake these shackles and fight on, ever longing for the light at the end of the dark path.

What will you choose to do today?