Pain of the Day
Most adults experience body pains that come and go. When present, pain is a distraction and may alter our plans for the duration of that pain.
This week, my ankle hurts. Last week, it was my shoulder that hurt. If the past is any indication, in a few more days a new pain will likely present itself in a different part of my body.
Pain has many sources. Medical conditions and old or recent injuries top the list. Some of these sources can be treated with a prescription drug, joint replacement or therapy. Some simply require the passage of time before mysteriously leaving us. Finally, sometimes the pain never leaves and must be adapted to as part of our daily lives.
Pain presents us to make an important decision. Do we find ourselves always telling others about our pains? (I do that sometimes.) If we make our pains the starting point for conversations with our friends, some of them may seek to avoid us in the future. They likely have pains of their own.
Pain is unkind. Those who suffer constant pain know that it cannot be denied. Neither should it be allowed to become the singular focus of our daily lives. The truth is somewhere in the middle between denial and obsession.