Do (or Learn) It!

Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain.” ― Bob Dylan

I stumbled on this beautiful quote while surfing the net for poems and it immediately grabbed my attention. There are plenty of these kind of quotes out there and they are commonly used as a battel cry such as: “no pain, no gain” for the army, “no guts, no glory” for the air force, “no retreat, no surrender” for the marines, even security guards have their own-“no id, no entry”. Okay the last one was a joke.

These battle cries serve to boost a person’s motivation and enthusiasm during times of pain. Why? Because pain weakens a person’s heart, it most of the time leads to sorrow. Why have pain then, you ask? Because pain is necessary for a person’s growth. Allow me to share the story of a very inspiring man named Arthur Boorman.


(Watch his story here)

Arthur Boorman was a 47 years old veteran injured in the Gulf war. As a paratrooper, his back and knees took the toll after too many jumps. After the incident he requires the help of two canes just to make walking possible. For 15 years doctors told him he wont be able to walk unassisted again-and he accepted it as a fact and gave up. He then started gaining a lot of weight that exercise seemed impossible. Most yoga instructors turned him away. But everything changed when he decided and persisted on doing what he think is right. Arthur, with the help of one yoga instructor who stayed with him, continued his journey of recovery. He fell many times but kept on getting back up. Slowly he lose weight and started walking with the help of only 1 cane then he started walking without cane. Now Arthur Boorman can run! Imagine a man who was injured and needed 2 canes just to walk and is now able to run. He proved the doctors wrong-it was possible!

Brothers and sisters when Arthur Boorman decided to do what is right he was in a lot of pain! He kept on falling and falling and falling but everytime he fell, he kept on getting back up! Arthur Believe that just because he can’t do it today doesn’t mean he wont be able to do it someday. Now let me ask you this, when was the last time you tried something new? How many times did you reject an offer to do something because you think you can’t do it?

Brothers and sisters say yes to every opportunity of growth. Doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to do it because you’d learn along the way. You might be laughed at, mocked, embarrassed. It would be painful but it’s worth the growth. Never underestimate what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself.

Next time you’re asked to play sports, do (or learn) it!
Next time you’re asked to play musical instruments, do (or learn) it!
Next time you’re asked to cook, do (or learn) it!
Whatever you’re asked to do, do (or learn) it!

Think/find a battle cry that suits you and keep on saying it during times of pain. Remember, behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain.


I pray for you all
God bless!

Evan Ray T. Cabigon



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