Leaning into discomfort
By Emily Watkins
It’s the last day of 2020, and I think we are all ready to sweep this year out the back door. But although we may want to forget the awfulness that has been 2020, we would be better served to remember the yuck as we go forward.
Discomfort, bad luck, mistakes, missed opportunities, sickness and even death can serve as lessons or opportunities for us to make improvements or simply recognize the good. Think about these common sayings: There can be no light without dark. I didn’t know what I had until it was gone. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
The tragedy of George Floyd’s murder was one of the worst best things to happen to the fight for racial justice. It has created an opportunity for me to explore my racism and a desire to learn more. Leaning into this discomfort will be the best way for me to know what needs to be changed and to do what I can to help.
There’s no room for improvement when something is perfect.