The power of affliction

For years I wanted to establish a daily yoga practice, preferably in the morning. Which would mean not class, but me alone, doing it. On road trips I was able to get it going, though not so much upon returning to regular life.
A man I know from the work world has long wanted to curtail his drinking . . . 
Neither one of us made it happen. (In time to avert disaster.)
But here’s what did happen.
Last month I went through a three-week, excruciating lower-back trauma. The only thing that truly got me out of it was establishing a morning yoga program, even though I only put a slight emphasis on core and back postures. 
(Note: Two neurofeedback sessions did improve me considerably, and maybe that was enough to allow the yoga to take me the rest of the way.)
Drinking man, mentioned a few paragraphs above, suffered a strange bacterial infection that overtook half his face. His ear and skin on that side of his head became acutely sensitive, as though nerves were exposed, so that the slightest accidental touch sent him reeling in mind-screeching pain.
He looked as though half his face had melted, the way a candle flame will distort wax.
As he came through the ordeal he lost his desire for drink . . . When he sipped his favorite liquor it tasted lifeless. He tossed the rest. The most he can take is a glass of heart-healthy red wine. 
(Out of the blue he craves fruit. Never in his long years had he sought out fruit, and today he talked about bananas and nectarines the way young men speak of women.)
It’s up to us to keep our newly-instilled (awesomely good) habits in play.
I bring this up to you today to note the curious and beneficial side effects afflictions can bring us . . . . If you are currently undergoing some personal agony, scan for the benefit. It just may get you through it more quickly. 

(And if you are unafflicted, knowing there is something you really want to do, maybe just getting to it and doing it will send you down a happier path.)

For you 

Evan Griffith
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