“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing.”-C. S. Lewis

In the movie Arrival, there is a quote that has really resonated with me.

“If you were to look at your life from beginning to end, would you change anything?

What a profound question! As chronic pain warriors, it would be very easy for us to answer this question with a statement like this, “Well, obviously, I would take away the years of pain!”

But, would you really?

Picture your life as the forging of a diamond. As Henry A. Kissinger wrote,

“A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure.”

My friends, you are just like that diamond. It may feel like you are going through hell right now; though there is no doubt about that, it is still shaping you into a far better and far stronger person then you ever were before.

Do you really enjoy a book or film where the protagonist goes through the story without any trials to surmount, no struggles to overcome? Are these the kind of stories that captivate us?


Life would not be life if there were no obstacles to leap over, no mountains to climb. It is as Peter Marshall stated,

“When we long for a life with no difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”

You are the protagonist of this story and this is merely a valley. Will you allow it to break you? Or will you take up your torch and sword and charge through the darkness to the light at the end? Will you allow yourself to be made into an immaculate diamond?

The choice is yours.