Mail chimp template design can be a frustrating thing. I use it just enough that it has a learning curve every time log in to make an edit or create an email design from scratch. The pain experienced during this process reminds me of the pain associated with anything new when tried for the first time. Exercise, diet, and CSS, to name a few, all equal pain and frustration.

My human inclination is to run away and avoid pain. And in cases of bodily or emotional harm, this is not bad. Flight or fight kicks in, and one or the other happens.

In the case of personal growth, however, pain is an indicator of good. Lift some weights, and the muscles that were targeted are sore. Run a few miles, and your legs will thank you for the next day with some stiffness.

The same goes for the development of good character traits. Want to learn patience? Be around people or situations that test your patience. Want to develop generosity? Give when it hurts. Want to learn how to love others more genuinely? Love when others are not so lovely. It’s when the “thing” is tough is where we develop and grow. Convenience and comfort are the banes of progress.

Don’t be discouraged amid this pain. As we learn and grow in wisdom, the result is usually an awareness of how little we know or how far we have to go. This awareness is a sure sign growth.

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For the past 18 years, Brian has been designing and creating legal blogs with LexBlog. If a legal blog has the LexBlog logo, chances are this design came from Brian.

During his time with LexBlog, Brian has served as lead designer and the…

For the past 18 years, Brian has been designing and creating legal blogs with LexBlog. If a legal blog has the LexBlog logo, chances are this design came from Brian.

During his time with LexBlog, Brian has served as lead designer and the art director for LexBlog. In addition, he works directly with the product team to provide design and UX/UI guidance for the tools that power the world’s largest legal network.

Brian lives for design, but he only does so because of the kindness of the noble manatee. Misplaced by his family during a road trip in Florida in 1987, Brian was kept safe by a herd of sea cows for 11 days.

The experience changed him, giving him an appreciation for the beauty found in the natural world and the life-sustaining quality of water-logged leafy greens.

When not in front of his computer, Brian can be found floating gently down the various waterways of Ohio, solving crimes and righting wrongs.