Why Getting Sick Was One of the Best Things That Could’ve Happened To Me

rabiesThis past few days I’ve been sick as a junk yard dog with rabies. Fortunately it’s just a bad case of the flu.

I haven’t been up to doing my normal stuff… training, working, writing, the uge.

I think lately I’ve just been a little too go go go without taking any breaks. So my body stepped up to the plate and forced me to go on a little couch vacation.

But even in the florescent neon-yellow nuclear-looking mucus that’s colonizing in my nasal passages there is good to be found.

I’ve been able to spend some extra time with my 8 month old daughter Zoe, who is also sick.

Zoe going on a little couch vacation with me

Zoe going on a little couch vacation with me

And stepping back from my daily routine has allowed me to re-examine my life, goals, business, values, and priorities. Sometimes the warrior in us needs to revert to his dwelling so he can sharpen his sword before heading back out into the battle field.

There is good to be found in just about everything. Like my good buddy Larry Clay always says “All works for good”

My question to you is: what situation in your life have you labeled as negative, or seen as a hassle, that has gifts for you just waiting to be discovered?

If you look, you’ll find ’em. They’re there, just dying to be opened.

I wasn’t up to doing one of my in-depth blog posts for you right now. But my flu had a message for me today—something we all know but need to be reminded of from time to time—and I wanted to share it with you.

Now I’m gonna go get some rest (=

Rise above,

Chris McCombs

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  1. Too true. Like you I’ve been pretty ill these last few years. It’s been a blessing. The wake up call I’ve needed. Never been so thankful to be poorly.

    Get well soon

  2. Years?? No, days. Darn predictive text.

  3. Hey Chris – feel better soon! Am sharing the “virtual couch” – home from gallbladder surgery earlier today (or was that technically yesterday?) And I see how many people were loving, caring, and just plain thoughtful to me. Unfortunately, I don’t give myself the opportunity (and it is) enough to be truly vulnerable. And that care comes in all forms – even a sick 8-month old, who was probably still nurturing your soul just as you were caring for her.

    Be well!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      right on Dani

      hoping your healing well from your surgery

      and yes, little Zoe nurtures my soul in so many ways (=

      thanks for sharing

  4. Great read as always. “Sometimes the warrior in us needs to revert to his dwelling so he can sharpen his sword before heading back out into the battle field.” That sums it up! 🙂

    I kind of feel the same way. I’ve been so caught in work, training, writing and everything else, that I rarely give my body and mind a rest. Well, today I decided to listen to my body, and I am gonna take it easier for a week. After all, sometimes we should make one step back, in order to gain strength to make two steps forward! :)))

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:


      I love taking a step back to take a bunch forward

      even though I beat up on myself half the time telling myself I should be productive… but when i catch myself I do my best to pull myself right out of the “should be” type thinking

      enjoy your time off Ines (=

  5. Wise words. Been there myself – pushing too hard, or letting stress build up, or getting away from a healthy routine – ultimately the body says no and you end up sick. And you are right on – better to take account of the good fortune to recognize why you are sick or what is happening instead of just focusing on the negative. Plus a little extra time with the kids never hurts. Hope you & your daughter are feeling better soon. Be well.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey thanks Andy

      yeah man, any extra time with the little ones is ALWAYS a good thing brother


      sometimes that’s hard for a workaholic type like myself to realize

      but it always is

  6. Get well soon Chris! Thanks for always being up for sharing even when it may be harder then usual.

  7. Wildcherry says:

    The ‘healing’ smiles, of my children’s non-guile, has always been ‘my worthwhile’, oftentimes de-bile-ing many rough-edged, daily grind miles.
    I’m happy that your heart is being touched into by your precious little one.
    Full whole-hearted health be yours, and your family’s.

  8. Enjoy your rest!

  9. Kristi Chapman says:

    Very good post, very helpful as always… Thank you and I hope you feel better soon.

  10. Michael Gallaher says:

    Re-charge and feel better! You know the drill! Be kind to yourself. All the best.

  11. Love it brotha. Sometimes we definitely gripe WAY to soon because we can’t see around the corner and furthermore don’t venture out of the negative side of things to see what God truly is doing in all of our situations.

    All works for good,
    Larry Clay

  12. Hope you feel better soon. I had this happen before. Nothing like a cold forcing you to take some R&R. Adorable daughter btw.

  13. Be here now. Even when you’re sick!

  14. CHRIS, thank you and and a thanks to to all the people that respond to your blogs, I have gottten
    Several shots of both inspiration and confidence from you all


  15. Kathleen Amato says:

    I will never get a flu shot. I love having a week to do nothing.

  16. I used to work a job that had me on the road for months at a time, working 14 hr days 7 days a week…I loved every minute of it. But when I got home my body would shut down and I would be out of commission for at least a week while I rested. And if I didn’t rest willingly I got sick. The answers are all inside us if we listen. Hope you and the adorable Miss Zoe are 100% soon.

  17. Yep, did the whole “push it to the limit” thing for years. Wasn’t good for my body or my mind. Didn’t solve any of my problems, just seemed to create new ones! My original goals and ambitions flopped and reality kicked me in the face pretty hard. Like you said though, there is good in everything. I thought I knew it all, had it all figured out. Having that one door close on me opened more than I could possibly imagine. I’ve found a calling and learned so much. I’m on good foundations here and I don’t think it would have happened if things had gone the way I wanted them to back then – Hell, I’d probably be dead or legless. Sometimes life takes you to good places against your will :]

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