Day 1,091 – Thankful for a Huge Smile and a Reminder of Some of the Best Stuff In Life Coming After Suffering

Dominic was freed of his braces this afternoon and boy was he excited! I can’t remember the last time we got a picture of him smiling this big! Between the caramel apple that’s waiting for him and the big pile of candy he pounded already he’s been on cloud nine.

Seeing his joy after the liberation of teeth got me thinking today. After almost a year and a half of soreness, chewing restrictions and a sore mouth he’s in better shape than before.

How often life follows this pattern. We struggle through something and suffer but then often find incredible joy and reward afterwards. Once we understand that pattern we can actually learn to appreciate the difficult and trying times. It doesn’t make them easier per se, but it helps us to endure them more easily.

One of my favorite quotes on this very topic comes from Vince Lombardi.

“I’ve never known a man worth his salt who, in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. “

Enjoy the caramel apple Bud, you deserve it!


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