It really was the most tragic thing that happened in my life as a child, but it was an incredible gift that keeps giving in my life – that memory of my mother – but also keeps replicating itself into other people’s lives.Dr. Michael Brown
- Ignoring our pain is comparable to ignoring our ‘check engine’ light; it leads us eventually to break down.
- We often avoid the pain of relational conflict even though conflict cultivates closer connection.
- We often fear that sharing our pain will create pity when in reality it could create community.
- Leaning into pain as it emerges often creates more pain in the short-term but less pain in the long-term.
- Pain has a protective purpose – to warn us that something is wrong and to help us move forward.
- We would never grow if our lives were free of pain because we would have no reason to change anything.
- Regarding the physical pain in your life, consider, “What might this pain be warning me about?”
- Honestly evaluate whether any of the pain in your life is a consequence of unhealthy choices, and commit to alleviating the root cause of that pain rather than covering it up.
- Write a list of painful past experiences that you now consider a gift.
Don’t Be Surprised
It’s an unavoidable reality that truly difficult things will happen to us. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Russell Catania discuss positive alternatives to ignoring or running away from our pain.
Choose to Hate
Merely wanting things to be different isn’t enough for real change to take place in our lives. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Beau Johnson discuss the powerful secret to lasting transformation.
Blessing In Disguise
Every great thing in life is on the other side of hard. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and BGSU football chaplain Alfonso Mack remind us that the greatest gifts are often hidden from sight.