Use the pain. For change.

I’ve been giving some serious thought to the role of pain in my life. Over the weekend, while I was trying to put on my socks, my back hurt me so much, I almost started to weep. That’s unlike me. It came out of nowhere. I’m not a weepy person, and certainly not when it comes to physical pain. I’ve been in physical pain for most of my life. It’s almost just “background music” for me.

But over the weekend, it really got to me.

And I started listening to motivational speakers again – started checking out motivational blogs. And what a lot of them say is the same — use the pain. For change.

And I have to seriously think about this. Because so much of my life tends to be geared towards lessening pain and dulling its effects. Rather, my focus should be on changing the conditions that produce the pain — and also using what comes my way to push through to other circumstances.

“Suffer the pain of discipline now. Or suffer the pain of regret later.”

That’s one of the mottoes I’ve seen around.

Yes. That’s right. Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. (A different kind of suffering than the quote mentions above, I think.)

Anyway, it’s getting late and I’ve got to get some sleep. But I just wanted to put this out there – because it’s kicking my butt and it’s starting to change my life. Again.

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

3 thoughts on “Use the pain. For change.”

  1. PAIN=pay attention inward now. Get to the root of the pain. Pain and suffering is a great teacher and will help you evolve and grow. TBI Survivor, I understand the chronic pain.(TBI Life Coach)


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