Day 28, August 19, 2016 @ 2:02 pm
Today’s August Break’s prompt, my hands, is a reminder of the pain in the fourth finger on my right hand. It has been a constant, sometimes waking me in the night for the past year. Then in recent months the pain lessened. The finger straightened, not locking as often. This morning, I realized that the pain is totally gone. And I can make a fist and open it freely. Hallelujah!
I am no stranger to pain, being a witness to its many faces as a nurse. Then there’s my very own experience within its grip – physically, mentally and emotionally. I am sure we have all known it. Some more intimately than others.
Pain is our friend, though I have not held it in high regard. I have flinched and fled. When I could not, I suffered and endured. My doing different now is to let it come as it will. I greet it as a friend. It tells me something has changed or is remiss. It tells me I need to do something different. Not running or flinching in its face has lessen my suffering. This, too, shall pass is my mantra. It works. What is yours?