Monday, April 8, 2013
Lessons From Pain
I will suffer the rest of the evening because of that one simple outing.
First the husband/lover/nurse will bring me my Dr. Scholl's Foot Bath and I will soak my heels in some very warm water. Then when my skin looks like raisins, I will move to the recliner and put my feet up until bedtime. Carefully, that is, so that my heels aren't actually resting on the foot extender, but are out over the edge. So actually, I'm kind of sitting/laying in the chair to stay most comfortable. I won't even talk about how my back hurts after being in this position for an hour or two.
So anyhow, I recently came across a statement that was made by Bruce Lee. In case you don't recall, he was a very famous Chinese American martial artist, actor, and teacher.
"Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to go to his class," he claimed.
How true is that, but who asks for pain? The reality is, though, that most of us, at some point in our lives, have some sort of physical or other type of pain we are forced to experience.
I've come through several stages to date regarding the pain I am living with, day in and day out. And, I am learning a few things by attending this "class of suffering," although I can be dense about the lessons presented at times.
1. Some types of pain are beyond our control. There may be no good explanation as to why it is there. Therefore I could make myself crazy trying to figure out why I have it.
2. I cannot put the blame on myself for this pain I am having. Even if it is my fault, due to prior overuse during sports or other activities, it does not change the fact that the damage is done and today is today.
3. Wallowing in self pity does not make the pain go away. It just adds another dimension of pain elsewhere.
4. The presence of pain may require me to live my life differently, both for the short term and possibly for the long haul.
5. My pain is teaching me to accept others with infirmities and to not be so judgmental.
6. Many, many people are living in such worse pain and suffering than I am, so I am also learning a bit of gratitude.
7. I am beginning to allow people to help me more with things that I previously handled so self-sufficiently.
8. I'm trying to let go of some of the dreams I've had. They may no longer be my reality, and I'm trying to be OK with that.
9. Being in this limbo stage, waiting for results of tests and waiting to see the surgeon, is teaching me patience.
So yes, I will admit that PAIN is a good instructor, and I am attending his CLASS.
I just don't always do my homework.