..Pain – we all experience it sometimes in our lives, some more than others. I’ve been pretty blessed so fair. And yet the pain I’m seeing around me lately is enough to bring me to my knees.
Witnessing others experiencing heartbreak is so hard. The right words are often not there. Worrying about what to say, I often seem to say the wrong thing, or at least I feel that way. I know that listening, being present and acknowledging someone’s pain are the best strategies to take, especially in early stages of grief.
Now I am facing some intense physical pain of my own, following surgery. Gratefully, it’s not constant, but moving my legs, and especially my knees, in standing up and sitting down can be excruciating. I have to keep telling myself that this will get better with time and exercise/therapy. I know that, but I hate the way it makes me feel whiney and grouchy and miserable. Pain sucks, plain and simple.
What strategies do I know for handling this? Deep breathing through the pain results in some relief. Making sure I’m taking my pain medication regularly is a really good idea. Prayer for relief and acceptance, noticing mild reduction in pain and celebrating it – these are things I might try. I’d welcome any other ideas as well.
I know this too shall pass. I can’t wait!