• Shannon Brault

Lesson from Chris Cuomo

This week’s blog will be a bit shorter than the stuff I usually post, but it is just as important as the others.

My mom is in love with the Cuomo brothers. She has two “New York Strong” posters, one of which is signed by Andrew Cuomo and framed in our basement. When Chris Cuomo turned 50 last month, he ended his broadcasts with a life lesson which mom and I watched. One of the nights really stuck out with me: Life is pain management.

He said life is pain management, and the only mistake you can make in life is to not deal with it. He called it life management. Not everything is beautiful, but there is beauty in every day. I really needed to hear this, and I really needed to be reminded of it these last few weeks. You can only avoid things for so long before they truly get in the way of you living your life and moving forward. You can’t move forward if you’re still in the past.

As people, we don’t know how to manage pain. We’re afraid of pain and we don’t want to deal with it, which is quite honestly the worst thing we could do. We have to learn how to be comfortable with pain. We have to learn how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. It is then that we learn, grow, and truly live.

As Chris said, if you don’t learn how to deal with the pain, you’ll never learn to enjoy the good moments.

And that is the reminder I think we all need.

Sending all my love for this week,



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