I have a few questions for those of you who have been following along with me this month in exploring the different aspects of pain and how it affects us.
Can you now see the bigger picture of how experiencing pain can make you a better person? Can you be thankful for what you have learned from all the pain you’ve experienced? I’m not talking about being in the pain. I’m referring to what you have learned by going through the pain. Can you look at those who have caused you pain, and see the pain they are suffering? Can you say a prayer for then, asking that they find the same peace in life that you are looking for?
When we can answer yes to those questions, we find ourselves in a state of awareness unlike any we have ever known before. We see how fragile our body, mind, feelings and spirit can be and, at the same time, we see their durability.
The big question is: can we now adjust our way of living to accommodate the changes needed to heal and keep ourselves mentally, emotionally and spiritually fit? Looking back, it may be difficult to objectively appreciate the lesson we had to learn, and we may not like the way the lesson was taught. Personally, I am grateful for where I am. I have experienced a lot of pain and very harsh life lessons, but today I believe that I’m a better person for it.
Ultimately, as with all of our pain, we have to work it out with the God of our understanding. When we make peace with God’s children (and remember that we, too, are God’s children) we make peace with God as well.
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