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

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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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Sorcha says August 13, 2013

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
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    Lemuel says August 15, 2013

    Amen to that! I have saying to my clients is when your body tells you rest you better rest or suffer !

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      Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

      the body knows

      thank for chiming in Lemuel

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    Chris McCombs says August 15, 2013

    hey right on Sorcha, there’s a gift in everything ya know

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Sorcha says August 13, 2013

Years?? No, days. Darn predictive text.

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    Chris McCombs says August 15, 2013

    good, that did worry me a bit (=

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Dani says August 13, 2013

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!

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    Chris McCombs says August 15, 2013

    right on Dani

    hoping your healing well from your surgery

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

    thanks for sharing

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Ines Subashka says August 13, 2013

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! :)))

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    Chris McCombs says August 15, 2013

    YES

    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 (=

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Andy Campbell says August 13, 2013

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.

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    Chris McCombs says August 15, 2013

    Hey thanks Andy

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

    ALWAYS

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

    but it always is

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Carrie says August 13, 2013

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

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    Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

    thank YOU Carrie

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Wildcherry says August 13, 2013

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.

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    Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

    thanks Wildcherry

    and yeah, the little one def helps (=

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Tracy says August 13, 2013

Enjoy your rest!

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    Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

    I will, thanks Tracy

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Kristi Chapman says August 13, 2013

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

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    Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

    Thanks Kristi, I am much better now (=

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Michael Gallaher says August 13, 2013

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

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    Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

    yes, gotta Re-charge

    thanks Michael

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Larry Clay says August 13, 2013

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

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    Wes says August 13, 2013

    Whaddup Big Larry? Call me when you get a minute.

    Chris, I’m still enjoy following your blog. Keep it up Bro!!

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      Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

      thx Wes!

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    Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

    absolutely brother, you’d know better than anyone

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Linda G. says August 13, 2013

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

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    Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

    Absolutely

    thanks Linda!

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Angelena says August 13, 2013

Be here now. Even when you’re sick!

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    Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

    yes!

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Bill says August 14, 2013

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

Thanks

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    Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

    right on Bill, you’re welcome man

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Kathleen Amato says August 14, 2013

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

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    Chris McCombs
    Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

    me too!

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Liza says August 14, 2013

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.

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    Chris McCombs says August 16, 2013

    hey thanks Liza

    yep, all inside us, so true

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D. Hide says August 17, 2013

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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    Chris McCombs says August 26, 2013

    It absolutely does

    sometimes it’s funny how we go kicking and screaming (=

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