I deal with pain every day and as much as it drives me bananas, I’ve also learned to appreciate it. It’s been that way for over 17 years. Lupus causes inflammation in my joints and brain. I have a hate-hate relationship with it. So what do I do? Use my morning gratitude to appreciate it.
I Appreciate Pain Because it is a Deterrent
Pain is a way to deter you from harming yourself. If you touch a hot pan, your hand jerks away before your brain can tell it to drop the hot item. If you break a glass, the first you do is put on shoes and warn everyone to stay away. That is unless you are my husband’s pissed off cousin — in that case, you stomp through it barefoot, not feeling a thing!
I Appreciate Pain Because it Lets Me Know When Something is Wrong
Pain warns you when something is going on. There is nothing more betraying that finding out you have a devastating illness and your body didn’t warn you. In this instance, pain has been my friend. Even with lupus, when I hurt one place too long, I go into solution mode. Pain for me means inflammation. I know chronic inflammation is longterm damage. It makes me super vigilant and proactive about pain management.
I Appreciate Pain When It Signals Progress
When you work out, pain can signify progress. You start building strength when you feel that burn. If you are doing pull-ups, the work does not begin until you start feeling that targeted burn. The pain you feel the next day is your muscle rising to that next level of strength.
Pain is one of the necessary discomforts in life. It also helps me with my goals. Like my morning gratitude. Some days I want to skip it because I just don’t want to do it. But then I remember all the good that comes from it. For one, my day starts with God. It has also amped up my courage muscle and follow through. So I appreciate pain because it has helped me stay in the living longer and it has also made me #gangsta!