SATURDAY 6.6.15 - I am thankful for... Pain
*Picture from www.chronicpainblog.com
Have you ever just randomly hit your elbow or stubbed your toe? I'm sure most of you reading this have at least once in your life. It can be incredibly painful, embarrassing and leave you feeling a little stupid for letting yourself hurt yourself. Thankfully the pain doesn't usually last too long as I discovered today... twice within minutes. After I got over the pain I thought how lucky we are to feel pain. Pain can be both emotional and physical and is not a nice and desirable feeling. So why you might ask is pain a good thing? Think about why we actually feel pain. Pain is like an alarm, telling us something is wrong so we can stop what we are doing and/or take alternative action. Pain also helps us to learn from our mistakes that hurt us so we can avoid it in the future, even if it takes us a while to heal and stop feeling the pain in the meantime. There is a medical condition called congenital analgesia where the person who suffers from it can't feel physical pain at all. It might seem like a good thing, but it's actually very dangerous. They might have a gash in the skin which might lead to infection, or contract a serious illness and not know until the sickness has completely taken over, making it harder to treat. We feel pain for a reason, to protect us and help us learn. I am so thankful I do feel pain and that it exists, even though it might be difficult to deal with sometimes. Besides, pain allows us to appreciate the joyful times in life without it.